An INQUIRER investigation has revealed that the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) is responsible for the recent shortage of gas or petroleum products in the country. This was also confirmed when the Managing Director of the LPRC Mr. T. Nelson Williams admitted to the company having a technical problem that resulted to the rationing of petroleum product during a recent news conference held in Monrovia.
The investigation which was launched recently also revealed that some pseudo civil society groups are being used to blame the shortage of the commodity on various importers especially those entities that have sustained the market over the years even when Liberia was not stable.
Recently the LPRC admitted that one of its pumps had problem and instead of repairing the said pump excuse was given that this could not be done on a Sunday since the problem started on Saturday.
The investigation also proved that the LPRC has been expecting a consignment of petroleum products that was due in the country sometime ago but due to the unprecedented delay the said product is now expected on the 15th of December, a situation the LPRC Management could not tell the public.
However, during our investigation it was discovered that the various importers have nothing to do with shortage of the product as they are always on time in providing the commodity to the public but the problem surfaced when it became relatively true that the LPRC could not supply the commodity to the public due to the technical problem its administration admitted to during their recent press conference held at a local hotel.
A petroleum engineer who spoke to the INQUIRER during the investigation hinted that the various importers have lived up to their side of the bargain by making petroleum products available and it is a disservice for anyone living in their closet to link importers, especially a company like West Oil that has stood the test of time even in time of war for the shortage of the product on the market.
Also uncovered during the investigation is the fact that the adoption of the petroleum importation policy initiative seeks to balance several factors which include competition, Liberalization and improve customer service, effective product movement as well as supply, something which importers especially those ones that operated in troubled times and are currently operating are committed to without favor.
It was also discovered that these pseudo groups are masquerading in the corridor of the petroleum sector by soliciting money in order to embark on a besmearing campaign against petroleum importers by holding them responsible for the shortage of petroleum product only to set free those responsible to execute the job of ensuring constant supply on the market.
Also revealed during our investigation is the fact that the recent shortage created as a result of the technical problem encountered by the LPRC could lead to the rolling of many heads at the entity for negligence. Our investigation continues.