Arua-The strategic location of Arua being a central business district bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo has lured Total to open two petrol stations.
Speaking during the opening of the petrol station, the Managing Director for Total, Florentine De Lapinnote, said: “This is a busy town located at the border and the service we provide should be geared towards achieving economic development of the town. We shall ensure there is safety on the road as people move in an out of Uganda through the borders.”
Several Congolese and South Sudanese use the petrol stations in the town before they could cross back to their countries. The location has been an added advantage for the Municipality to tap into the revenues by the foreigners.
Lapinnote said they would also start work on the second Total Petrol station at Arua Hill, which he said work would take six months from June this year. The Lc III Chairman, Nesma Ocokoru said: “You must provide excellent customer care in order to continue with the business. We want quality fuel which can enable people to move to their various destinations well.”
Arua Municipality Mayor, Issa Kato opens the Total Petrol station in Arua. Photos by Felix
She called for unity in order to develop the town. The council receives revenues from the various fuel stations in the town. Recently, there has been increase in the number of petrol stations which unlike in the past 15 years were about three.
The Mayor Arua Municipality, Issa Kato, said the Company should provide cheap gas for the people so that they avoid environmental degradation. “Slowly our people should move away from using charcoal and firewood. So this is your task to provide gas and train those who are buying them,” he said.
Majority of the households use charcoal and wood fuel as a main source of energy. Even the solar systems are yet penetrating the market where some of them are expensive for the poor to afford. In some of the families, people still use the hurricane lamps and the condemned Tadomas which provide insufficient light and a health hazard from the smoke it emits.