Petroleum Dealers reject Kamla’s fuel-shortage claim

Secretary of the Petroleum Dealers Association, Saleema Sattar

(Trinidad and Tobago Guardian) Sec­re­tary of the Pe­tro­le­um Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Saleema Sat­tar has de­nied there is any fu­el short­age in the coun­try and says she has no idea why the Op­po­si­tion Leader would make such a claim.

On Mon­day dur­ing the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress’ (UNC’s) Mon­day Night Fo­rum in Debe, Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar said some gas sta­tions have not been get­ting their full quo­ta of fu­el.

She pre­dict­ed the coun­try will soon be­gin ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fu­el short­ages, which she said would be a re­sult of the gov­ern­ment’s mis­han­dling of the coun­try’s pe­tro­le­um re­sources. But in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Sat­tar said as sec­re­tary of the as­so­ci­a­tion, when­ev­er gas sta­tion own­ers have is­sues, they re­port them to her.

“I am not aware of any fu­el short­age. The deal­ers would usu­al­ly re­port any ab­nor­mal­i­ties or changes in the ser­vice to the as­so­ci­a­tion and there have been no such re­ports,” Sat­tar said.

She said as a deal­er her­self, she had not had any is­sues get her fu­el or­ders filled from the Na­tion­al Pe­tro­le­um Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­ny (NP.)

“How it works with the NP net­work, we call, we place our or­der and we have been get­ting our fu­el, I cer­tain­ly have.I don’t know why some­thing like that was said.”

Sat­tar said the as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sents deal­ers from both NP and UNIPET.