The ministry has an ongoing awareness campaign targeting illegal fuel trade running from 05 to 12 September 2019: Abednego Ekandjo

Acting Economist in the Directorate of Petroleum Affairs in the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Abednego Ekandjo, said his ministry has an ongoing awareness campaign targeting illegal fuel trade running from 05 to 12 September 2019.

In an earlier interview with this news agency, Ekandjo said the campaign which runs under the theme 'Educating the public on Petroleum Products Act, Requirements and Safety Hazards Associated with Petroleum Storage and Handling'. It aims to create awareness about the illegal fuel trade in Namibia and its negative economic and environmental impact, amongst others.

Ekandjo said fuel is normally smuggled into Namibia from Angola and traded illegally in areas such as the border town of Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region, as well as in Oshana and Omusati regions, and to a lesser extend in the two Kavango regions.

So far about 90 thousand litres of smuggled fuel has been confiscated this year, he said.

Ekandjo warned that fuel is a dangerous good and must only be imported into Namibia, stored and distributed when those involved have met certain conditions such as operating a registered and licensed fuel wholesale or retail business.

Source: Namibia Press Agency