PHOTOS: DPR Seals Over 15 Fuel Stations In Kogi

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Kogi State on Tuesday sealed over 15 fuel stations.

The operation was carried out during surveillance tour to some of the petrol stations within and outside the state capital, Lokoja.

According to DPR, the stations came under the hammer for adjusting their pumps, thereby cheating their customers.

 

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DPR Uncovers Three Ghost Marketers In Akwa Ibom

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Akwa Ibom state has uncovered three ghost petrol marketers in the state.

The Operations Director of the DPR in Akwa Ibom state, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley Sundaye, disclosed this to journalists when he visited some petrol stations in Uyo to monitor their compliance with the official pump price of petrol.

Mr Sundaye told journalists that records available to the DPR showed that a total of three non-existent marketers lifted petrol meant for the state from Port Harcourt and Calabar depots respectively.

According to him, an investigation revealed that the three marketers were neither registered by DPR nor licensed by the relevant authorities.

Although he did not mention the names of the marketers, Mr Sundaye said the department has already written to the Depots to stop selling the product to the said marketers.

Meanwhile, motorists who spoke to Channels Television appealed to the Federal government to address the issue of fuel price hike and bring an end to the problem as soon as possible.

DPR Encourages Safe Use Of Liquefied Petroleum Gas

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says continuous and safe use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) can enhance and promote environmental protection and conservation.

The organisation also said it can help to reduce deforestation, air pollution, promote clean energy usage, facilitate healthy population growth as well as reduce any negative impact of climate change.

This was the focus of the discussion at the 2017 Liquefied Petroleum Gas sensitisation workshop which held in Owerri, the Imo State capital south east Nigeria, themed: Promoting the Benefits of Encouraging Safe Use of LPG.

According to DPR officials, the workshop was also organized to stem the growing spate of LPG plants fire incidents reported across the country as well as allay the fears of Nigerians over the use of gas cylinders in homes for domestic activities.

While delivering his key note address, the south east Zonal Operations Controller of the DPR, Morrison Nwokedi, expressed regret that despite the fact that Nigeria has significant natural gas reserves, its utilization in the domestic sector is grossly inadequate.

According to him, Nigeria is yet to fully harness the benefit in its natural endowment even as the nation ranks 9th in the world for proven and probable natural gas reserves, which he says is estimated at 192 trillion cubic ft.

While Fielding questions from newsmen after the workshop, the Operations Director of the DPR, Owerri, Ernest Chukwu further reiterated how safe it is to use the LPG.

While the organisation hopes that the workshop enhances domestic use of LPGs, it has also granted approvals for the construction of new LPG depots in Calabar and Port Harcourt with storage capacity of 3,000 and 9,000 metric tonnes which are expected to be operational by the end of the year 2017.

PPPRA Says No Plan To Increase Petrol Price

PPPRA Says No Plan To Increase Petrol PriceThe Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has reaffirmed that the Federal Government has no plan to increase the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

The General Manager Operations of PPPRA, Mr Olasupo Agbaje, made the declaration on Monday while addressing reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Agbaje said the agency has also commenced the payment of the new bridging allowance to tanker drivers, as approved by the government recently.

The clarification comes barely a week after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it has no plan to increase the pump price of petrol.

The Corporation, in a statement, stated that the recent increase in bridging allowance to transporters will not affect the prevailing petrol price of 145 Naira per litre.

The NNPC reiterated its commitment to sustaining the existing cordial relationship between the Corporation and the leadership of the downstream industry unions and other stakeholders.

NNPC Says No Hike In Petrol Pump Price

NNPC Says No Hike In Petrol Pump PriceThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured Nigerians that it has no plan to increase the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, the Corporation explained that the recent increase in bridging allowance to transporters from 6.20 Naira to 7.20 Naira per litre will not affect the prevailing petrol price of 145 Naira per litre.

According to the statement, the clarification was made in Abuja by the NNPC Chief Operating Officer (COO) in charge of Downstream Operations, Mr Henry Ikem Obih.

“Rebalancing Of The Margins”

Mr Obih said there was no plan by government or any of its agencies to review the pump price of petrol above 145 Naira per litre, adding that the rise in the bridging cost was achieved after an adjustment was made in the “lightering expenses” from Four Naira to Three Naira per litre, and the difference transferred to compensate for the cost of bridging within the same template.

The bridging allowance refers to the cost element built into the products pricing template to ensure a uniform price of petrol across the country, while lightering expenses involve charges for moving products to depot area from mother vessels by light vessels, due to the inability of the former to berth in shallow water depth.

“What happened, in simple language, is a rebalancing of the margins allowed and approved for stakeholders. So what the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) did was to take One Naira from lightering expenses and add same to the bridging allowance, that is how we arrived at 7.20 Naira. Therefore, PMS remains at the ceiling of 145 Naira per litre, he said.

“No Risk Of Shortage”

On the availability of product supply, the COO said as at Wednesday, Nigeria has 1.3 billion litres of petrol which translates to an inventory of 36 days.

“What this means is that even if we stop importation or refining of petrol right now, we have enough products in the country to provide for the needs of every Nigerian for a period of 36 days,” he said.

Obih noted that the supply availability was bolstered with the production of petrol from the three refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna.

“There is absolutely no risk of shortage in supply as we also continue to import, to support the production from the refineries. We have informed the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to enforce the prevailing 145 Naira per litre price regime, and to also ensure that every service station that has fuel is selling to the public,” he said.

The COO reiterated the readiness of the NNPC management under the leadership of its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, to sustain the existing cordial relationship between the Corporation and the leadership of the downstream industry unions and other stakeholders.

He said the DPR, which is the regulatory arm of the industry, had been alerted to sanction fuel station owners who engage in hoarding, or charge consumers in excess of the approved pump price of petrol.

Dr. Baru had announced the review of the bridging allowance on Monday at a mediation meeting between the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) and the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO),

The announcement consequently led to the suspension of an industrial action embarked upon by members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).

NSCDC Clamps Down On Illegal Oil Marketers In Maiduguri

NSCDC Clamps Down On Illegal Marketers In MaiduguriThe Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has recovered 43 jerrycans of petroleum products from suspects selling above the approved pump price of 145 Naira per litre.

The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said in a statement that the command is clamping down on petrol stations within Maiduguri metropolis, unlawfully selling petroleum products in jerrycans and above the pump price.

He said the suspects took to their heels on sighting officials of the NSCDC who were on routine patrol.

The Commandant explained that the raid was to ensure compliance with controlled prices, and to avoid the possibility of getting the products to the bush where Boko Haram terrorists operate.

“Some fuel attendants and managers found liable were arrested to serve as deterrent to other unscrupulous elements and criminally minded individuals,” Mr Abdullahi stated.

He said investigation into the matter is ongoing while the seized products would be handed over to the Department of Petroleum Resources.

The NSCDC said the move has compelled erring marketers to write letters of undertaking, promising to revert to the official petrol pump price.

It was gathered that with the artificial scarcity of the product, desperate motorists have been forced to buy the product at 165 Naira per litre.

Over Pricing: DPR Seals 19 Petrol Stations In Maiduguri

Over Pricing: DPR Seals 19 Petrol Stations In MaiduguriThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed off 19 petrol stations in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The offence of the sealed stations include overpricing, under-delivery and lack of adequate security apparatus.

A DPR official from the zonal office in Maiduguri, Bala Aminu Musa, said that a task force team commenced the operations since last week.

“The sealed stations would have to pay a fine to the Federal Government account before we lift their ban. In the meantime we would sell off their products at the controlled price,” Musa stated.

Fuel Scarcity had crept into the city in the last three weeks, forcing desperate motorists to buy the product at 150 Naira as against the official 145 Naira per litre.

Long queues have also become visible in the few stations where fuel is available.

Senate Demands Oil Production Sale Report

senateThe National Assembly has asked the Department of Petroleum Resources to begin a daily reporting exercise of oil and gas production and sale to the senate.

According to the Senate Committee on Petroleum, the records are to be submitted on a monthly basis.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, said the data would give an opportunity to have deeper knowledge of activities in the petroleum sector.

The demanded petroleum industry activities will include, data on seismic activities, crude oil production, lifting and allocations as well as exports by destination.

Other details are receipts, gas production, utilisation, sales, transmission and exports.

Support Local Content Policy To Boost Industrialisation, DPR Urges Nigerians

DPRThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has urged Nigerians to support the local content policy of the Federal Government by patronising locally made products, which it says will enhance domestic industrialisation especially in the gas sector.

The DPR made the demand on Friday during their periodic facility audit and inspection of activities of gas sector stakeholders in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.

The South-east Head of Gas sector of the DPR, Mr Albert Echibe, pointed out that part of the statutory function of the DPR was the promotion of local content policy in the oil and gas industry as well as the re-certification of the integrity of equipment and facilities used in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry.

Saving Foreign Exchange

In Imo State, the DPR is currently inspecting the activities of petroleum marketers, with an audit of facilities and equipment used in the gas sector, with the team visiting some steel fabrication workshop where gas vessels are manufactured and also an ongoing gas plant construction site in Owerri.

The Team leader, Mr Echibe, said that the DPR would not fail to sanction any person or company that did not meet the required standard given by the DPR in the production and usage of major facilities and equipment in the gas sector.

He stressed that in the oil and gas industry, there were issues of increased cost of importation of facilities and equipment which in turn had ripple effect on consumers, but gave the assurance that if chances were given to local content production and patronage, all the issues would be resolved, saving foreign exchange.

The Department of Petroleum Resources in the state has emphasised its committed to their statutory functions and responsibility of ensuring compliance to petroleum laws, regulations and guidelines in the Oil and Gas Industry especially as it involves monitoring of operations at drilling sites, production wells and platforms, flow-stations, refineries, storage depots, pump stations, retail outlets and natural gas and petroleum products.

Babangida Says His Oil And Gas Vision Will Continue To Flourish

Ibrahim-Babangida-Niger-Oil-and-GasThe former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd), says that his vision in the oil and gas industry will continue to flourish.

General Babangida says this is because his administration considered petroleum very important during his tenure.

He made the statement on Tuesday when he received the Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Niger State, Engineer Abdullahi Jankara, at his residence in Minna.

“I appreciate the evolution of history of petroleum in the country because I consider it very important during our tenure.

“We discussed a lot with my Minister of Petroleum, Professor Jibrin Aminu and our vision is still working and will continue to flourish,” he said.

The former military President appreciated the visit of the DPR boss and commended the efforts put in place in oil and gas sector.

He assured the DPR of maximum support and assistance from the people of Niger State who he said are known for peace and for Nigeria’s development.

The Babangida-led administration established the only petrochemical industry in Nigeria situated in Eleme, Port Harcourt which Nigeria relies on till date.

Mr Jankara, in his remarks, applauded the machinery put in place by the former military President’s administration.

He described the former Head of State as a visionary leader, adding that it was his vision for the establishment of the two deports in the state that led to the citing of DPR in Niger State.

The DPR official also visited the palace of the Emir of Minna, HRM Umar Faruk Bahago, to seek his royal blessings.

He said that those involved in the distribution of petroleum have begun to appreciate the work of DPR in the state unlike when they were unaware of the benefits of licensing their business.

HRH Bahago also appreciated the foresight of General Babangida and that of the present administration for their vision at every level to succeed. He assured the DPR of his support.

Nigeria Asked To Review Oil Licensing Process

Oil Licence, Nigeria, Nigeria has been asked to amend the processes and guidelines through which it awards oil licences to individuals and organisations.

This position was canvassed by participants at the investigative hearing being conducted by the House of Representatives on alleged malpractice in the allocation of oil and gas assets.

The Chairman, House Ad-hoc Committee, Rep. Gideon Gwani, explained that the hearing commenced with the ad-hoc committee reviewing the 2005, 2006 and 2007 licensing rounds and raising some issues.

A former GMD, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Funsho Kupolokun, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Jemila Shuara, also agreed that there was an urgent need to amend the process.

The Deputy Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Sunday Babalola, addressed some of the concerns of the DPR, while some of the participants said that the process through which the allocations of these assets were made clearly left a lot to be desired.

In spite of the abundant resources in Nigeria’s oil and gas, the country appears not to have utilised the potentials for its development.

The House committee is billed to meet with some of the companies that participated in the past licensing rounds before it concludes its investigation.

DPR Sanction Petrol Stations In Kaduna Selling Above Pump Price

DPR seals petrol service stationAbout twenty petrol stations have been sanctioned by the Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR) Kaduna Zone, for their involvement in unwholesome practices.

The Zonal Operations Controller, Mr Sayyadi Sulaiman disclosed this on Monday when he led officials of the agency to monitor sales of petrol in the state.

He said the filling stations were sanctioned for under-dispensing, overpricing and hoarding of fuel.

The essence is to monitor activities of marketers as regards to sales of petrol.

The DPR officials accompanied by armed Civil Defence Operatives stormed some petrol stations along the Nnamdi Azikiwe bye-pass in the outskirt of the state

They discovered that some of the petrol stations were selling a litre of petrol between N174 and N164 as against the government approved N145 per litre, while others were involved in under dispensing and hoarding of the product.

The Controller says that DPR will dispense petrol belonging to the erring stations to the public free of charge.

He also warned that the agency will continue to clamp down on those involved in diversion, hoarding, under-pricing and under-dispensing of petroleum products.