. . . Gives Free Fuel, Sells Products Below Pump Prices
By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The Catholic Diocese of Awka on the eve of Christmas Day, December 24, 2018, opened another new CAPAD Petrol Station in Igboukwu, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State, to bring to four the total number of such petrol stations, built and managed by the diocese, reports Ifeoma Ezenyilimba.
The state-of-art petrol station, estimated at over N60M, built and commissioned within one year, and located opposite Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, very close to Nkwo Igboukwu Junction, sells quality petroleum products with equally correct meters.
Speaking after he commissioned and opened the petrol station for business, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, said the petrol station was opened to help the consumers buy fuel, kerosene and diesel at reduced prices, and with correct meters.
The bishop, who emphasized the use of correct meters for sale of petroleum products, noted that just as the Church should take the lead in evangelization, the Catholic Diocese of Awka also led by example by selling fuel with very correct meters.
He flayed marketers who robbed consumers, especially the poor populace, of their hard earned money through selling of adulterated petroleum products with incorrect meters, and urged them to turn a new leaf.
Speaking to the press, the Financial Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Rev Fr. Francis Oranye, said the diocese through the CAPAD Petrol Station in Igboukwu, alongside other CAPAD stations in Uga, Abagana and Agulu, all in Anambra State, owned and managed by the diocese, had been able to help the populace.
This help, he said, was also the reason behind the two other CAPAD petrol stations at Ufuma and Nanka which were being managed by Catholic Diocese of Awka on lease.
According to Fr. Oranye, the need to make available very good petroleum products at affordable prices with correct meters and create job opportunities for unemployed individuals, was the vision behind the floating of the Awka Diocesan-owned CAPAD petrol stations. He said over 46 individuals were currently under the pay roll of the diocese as the members of staff of the petrol stations. The financial administrator said the workers were about 10 persons at Igboukwu; 20 at Abagana; 10 at Uga and about 6 at Agulu, even as more persons were expected to be employed.
As part of giving to the public, the diocese at the opening ceremony, gave out five litres of fuel free to the priests who got the coupons and two litres of fuel free to others who got the coupons too. Fuel was sold at N143 and kerosene at N250 to all, as against the N145 and N270 - N280 respectively.