Faced with the acute fuel crisis in Maracaibo, the leader of Voluntad Popular, Eduardo Vale, spoke about the situation and said that in the Zulian capital on a daily basis “more than 50 thousand vehicles queue to try to stock with only 30 thousand liters”.
“The lines are kilometric and do not diminish any day, a citizen to supply his car has to spend one or two nights in the queue, without anyone giving an explanation about it”,” he said.
Vale, also the municipal coordinator of Voluntad Popular, said that every day the situation gets more critical and worrying, because the inventories of different businesses are beginning to get scarce because there is no way to move the products due to lack of gasoline.
“In Maracaibo there are 86 service stations and Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) only supplies between 40 and 45 stations per day. Only half of Maracaibo stations receive fuel two or three times a week, which further decreases the possibility of stocking the vehicles”, he said.
During his speech, Vale reported that each tank truck leaves Bajo Grande (supply depot) with 38,000 liters to distribute to several service stations. “In the larger stations they leave 24 thousand liters and in those with one or two pumps they leave only 14 thousand liters, which directly affects the chance that a person can obtain 30 liters. If at all service stations received 38,000 liters per day, the lines would not be endless”, he said.
With regard to corruption and VIP queues, the leader of the VP party criticized that the workers of the service stations, police forces and officials of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) “are taking advantage of this crisis to fill their pockets.”
“We cannot accept that people are living in a queue, it is urgent to end the extraction (contraband) of fuel in the border states and eliminate the clandestine sale of gasoline in different sectors of Maracaibo. From Voluntad Popular we demand a solution from usurpers Nicolás Maduro, Omar Prieto and Willy Casanova, because it cannot be that what happens here in Zulia does not happen in other states of the country”, he said.