The petroleum marketers association said the move was a way of ensuring adequate supply of petroleum products in the state.
The State Chairman of the association, Mr. Obelle Ngechu, said the move will also help to avert the scarcity of petroleum products in the state.
According to him, “We are using this medium to call on the governor of Rivers State, the Rivers State House of Assembly, Traditional leaders in the state and security agencies to use their good office to call for the provision of the local content law 2010 as regards the 18 tank farms and depots in Rivers State, to reserve exclusively 20percent of their daily stock for sons and daughters of Rivers State who are operating in the petroleum sector.”
The petroleum marketers association also explained that the reservation of the 20percent to indigenes petroleum marketers is capable of turning around the economy of the state and also create employment opportunities for youths of the state.
“This 20percent we are not asking the depot to give for free neither are we buying it at a discounted rate, we will buy at the normal price.
“It is quite unfortunate for us to let Rivers people know that all these 18 tankfarms in Rivers State we don’t get any products from them.
“Go to Imo River you will see all the petroleum products leaving Rivers State on a daily basis while we the Rivers people all our filling stations are overgrown with weeds and grass.
“This is why we are calling on all our leaders in the state to add their voice to our appeal, so that our plight and cries will end, where our stations will be flooded with petroleum products, and with that there will be employment in the state and revenue will be generated.”