Trade unionist Ananda Palitha claims the inefficiency and the mismanagement of the incumbent Minister of Energy led to the closure of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Ananda Palitha said Minister Udaya Gammanpila failed to procure and maintain buffer stocks during the past two years.
He said despite his failures, yesterday Minister Udaya Gammanpila claimed that it is his duty to ensure an uninterrupted fuel supply.
Ananda Palitha said the Energy Minister however claimed they do not have adequate storage facilitates.
He said to ensure uninterrupted supply, in the first month, 230,000MT of oil must be brought to the country through three ships.
Ananda Palitha said however, the Minister has failed to even bring down two ships with 90,000MT to fulfill the daily demand of 6,500MT of fuel.
He also said kerosene oil queues were created not by trade unions but since the Energy Ministry had ordered to refine only 3,500MT of crude oil during the past three months.
Ananda Palitha also claimed the Minister of Energy presented a Cabinet paper to hand over the crude oil supply contract to a Nigerian company for eight months.
He said since June, the company had failed to bring down crude oil stocks, leading to shortages.
Ananda Palitha said the company had not been registered and it had never supplied oil to the country but the Minister opted to grant the contract.
He said such irresponsible actions of the Minister who is enjoying perks through taxpayers’ hard work have left the entire country in uncertainty.