APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu hasHe said this is because the State government ought to have seized the opportunity of having the Minister of State for Petroleum coming from the South-south zone to negotiate the reactivation of the depot.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu spoke while addressing Concerned Members of the National Union of Petroleum and National Gas Workers, NUPENG who held a reception for him en route the APC rally in Ward 4 of Ikpoba-Okha Local government area on Wednesday.
He appreciated the Union for the reception adding that, “Your union is normally non-partisan but that you chose to align with me to support me and to come out openly is something I will not forget”.
“The situation at the depot is an embarrassment to our state. When the depot was truly functioning, am sure all of us knew the economic benefits it brought not only to this local government, Ikpoba Okha but the entire state.
He argued, “It is only by the grace of God that we even get petroleum products in our state. Some of our comrades here have to carry tankers to our neighboring states just to be able to convey petroleum products here and they still sell them at control price”.
According to Pastor Ize-Iyamu, “They have had to do this for so many years. Some of them have even gone bankrupt simply because they have chosen to keep our state running. One would have expected that the governor in the last four years should have gone to meet the appropriate authorities”.
He said that the State governor should not have left the burden of fighting to get the Depot functional to oil workers alone adding that, “the only way you can collect taxes from people is to begin to create the atmosphere for them to make money. If they are not making money, they can’t pay taxes”.
He however, assured the oil workers that reopening the depot and ensuring that petroleum products are brought to the depot will be one of the priorities of his government when he assumes office as Edo state governor.
Meanwhile, on September 19, 2020, the APC candidate asked the NUPENG workers to, “talk to your families, ensure that the election is very peaceful, Let them vote for APC (because) a vote for APC is a vote for progress …its a vote for the prosperity of Edo”.
Earlier, Alhaji Aleru Bello who is the National Vice-chairman of the NUPENG said that the union is known for struggle and is not about to stop and, “being here today is to reaffirm to you that come September 19, 2020 majority of us will support you”.