The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) has dismissed reports in the tabloid-like Kaieteur Newspaper of alleged fuel smuggling involving officials of the Agency, which it said was seeking to malign the efforts of its “committed and diligent employees”.
The newspaper, over recent days, published a number of articles, which alleged that there was a high level of corruption at the entity responsible for overseeing the local petroleum sector.
In its most recent article published on Friday, February 26, 2016, the newspaper stated: “There is a massive corruption network in the fuel sector which is poorly managed at almost every level – from purchasing to distribution.”
The GEA refuted as quite unfortunate, the claims that the fuel sector was poorly managed and the Agency was part of a network that abetted fuel smugglers.
The Agency also highlighted that the successes of the fuel marking programme recorded from the time of its establishment to date also bore witness that the allegations were incorrect.
“If the programme is scrutinised, what will be revealed is that in 2004, there was significant smuggling of fuel into Guyana, with about one third of the fuel used in Guyana believed to have been smuggled. The fuel marking programme was established to combat this issue. The success of the programme can be seen from the statistics which show that from 2006 to 2015 the percentage of sites found with significant dilution in at least one tank has progressively decreased from 34 per cent in 2006 to three per cent in 2015,” the Agency stated.
Further, the Agency pointed out that it has always sought to strengthen its capacity to effectively combat the issue of fuel smuggling.
Cases of illegalities
The GEA dismissed as “grossly overstated and inaccurate,” a claim by the newspaper that there were at least two cases of illegalities involving fuel daily in Guyana.