News Release: 22 February 2024

The Commissioner of Police, David Manning, has urged the public and businesses to be patient as fuel is rationed due to the failure of Puma Energy to replenish supplies around the country.

Commissioner Manning said the RPNGC has plans in place to enforce government policy decisions and regulations for the allocation of fuel supplies, and to investigate any breach of national laws by Puma Energy and its executive officers.

“We are dealing with a serious energy security problem that has impacts right across the country affecting communities, and government and business functions,” the Commissioner said.

“If the situation deteriorates further, the Police Force awaits government policy directives on ensuring the security of fuel distribution with an anticipated priority on essential services including hospitals and ambulances.

“The RPNGC is in contact with our government agencies to ensure there is co- ordination and communication to ensure the rule of law is maintained.

“The actions of Puma Energy have been drawn into question, and police are responding to any complaint referred to the P N G requiring investigation.

“No company or its executives are above the laws and regulations of the Independent State of P a p a New Guinea.

“Police will enforce laws and regulations to ensure security and safety for the public and businesses.”

The Commissioner said the shortage of fuel is causing frustrations for consumers and businesses, and he has called for tolerance as the problem is sought to be resolved.

“The situation created by Puma to stop the import of fuel into the country is impacting on lives and businesses around the country.

“We need fuel for families in their daily lives, and for businesses to operate and keep their people employed, and this fuel shortage is causing pain.

“Long lines at petrol stations to purchase fuel can lead to tension as people wait for their turn at the pump.

“I ask the public to be patient a s they wait. and respect your fellow P a p a New Guineans, because everyone is in the same situation.

“Ideally plan when you will go to a petrol station and, fi possible, go at non-peak times when the lines might be shorter.

“For the public and businesses, it is also advisable to limit your travel so that you can conserve the fuel that you have in your tank and do not have to go back to the station too soon.

“Finally, we all need to be respectful and not air frustrations at petrol station staff, they are just doing their jobs and the shortage of fuel is not their fault.”