DPR Threatens To Sanction Filling Stations Selling PMS Above N125

The acting operation controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Malam Aminu Sanusi has cautioned filling stations against selling fuel above N125.

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Katsina State has threatened to sanction any filling station found selling the product above the government regulated price of N125.

The acting Controller of Operations in the state,  Malam Aminu Sanusi stated this on Monday while briefing reporters shortly after a tour to four filling stations in the state capital to ensure total compliance.

According to him, the agency uses the Seraphin can to measure petrol dispensed by filling stations who might want to engage in fraudulent activities.

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The DPR boss explained that there are a lot of sanctions at his disposal to be meted out to defaulters, stressing that there will be sacred cow.

“Any defaulter, we have a lot of protocol of sanctions that we do to any defaulter. If we find out that you are still selling above the pump price, there are sanctions.

“Each pump that we find you are selling above the government regulated price, we are going to charge you N100, 000 per pump.

“So if you have 10 pumps and they are all selling above pump price, you will have to pay N1million, depending on the number of pumps that we catch selling above the price,” he stated.

Speaking on surveillance, he noted that the agency has been monitoring stations diligently, stressing that nobody will be allowed to surcharge the public.

While acknowledging that the state had since complied with the new Federal Government’s directive, he assured that no petroleum marketer will be allowed to violate it.

His warning comes five days after the Federal Government had approved the reduction of the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), from N145 with immediate effect.

The move for the reduction of fuel price is against the backdrop of the crash in crude oil prices globally.

DPR Hands Over OML 98 To NPDC

 

The Department OF Petroleum Resources (DPR) has handed over the Oil Mining Licence (OML) 98 to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the upstream unit of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

This is coming almost one year after Pan Ocean Oil Corporation’s ownership of the asset, along with the assets of five other companies, were revoked for failing to meet up with its financial obligations to the Federal Government.

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Speaking at the handover ceremony in Abuja, the Director of the Department, Mr Sarki Auwalu Said the decision to take over the asset from Pan Ocean was in the best interest of Nigerians.

“For OML 98, the decision was taken in fairness to 200 million people that they trust a company to manage their business and they trust us to ensure that the business is right and it’s optimised.

“The record we have in DPR indicated that the reserve stood at 43 million barrels for oil and we have 20 million barrels for condensate and 393 billion standard cubic feet of gas. We know that before the revocation that there is a legacy debt of oil and gas royalties, concession rentals, gas flaring penalty. This we expect to be settled by the previous venture because it’s a legacy debt.

“And that is our work getting this for the 200 million people,” he stated.

He expressed hope that every other issue involving the revocation will be solved amicably among the joint venture parties to ensure that the asset works.

FG Gives Two-Month Ultimatum To Roadside Gas Dealers

 

The Federal Government has given marketers of cooking gas to clear out illegal and roadside dealers within two months or face a clampdown on activities of retail outlets in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The ultimatum was given by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) at a forum where an agreement was reached with the Liquefied Petroleum Gas unit of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) on Friday.

According to the DPR’s zonal operations controller, Buba Abubakar, the union is aware of the inherent dangers of not registering and the DPR is ready to look at their grievances objectively.

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He added that the retailers will not be given preference when it comes to giving suitable locations for their business around the FCT.

“We are going to give gas retailers two months to talk to their members on the dangers of not registering or just setting up their cylinders and start selling.

“They have agreed to talk to their members, they will register and we will look at it objectively because of the location; we cannot give them site suitability anywhere,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, NUPENG’s Principal Organizing Secretary, Alexander Stephen, stated that most of its members are registered with a valid identity card, but they hope to report those operating illegally to the DPR for sanctions.

“We have identity cards, we have means of identifying our members and our agreement is to report those who are not our members to DPR who will eventually get most of them off the streets.”

Kaduna Explosion: El-Rufai Orders Closure of Gas Retail Outlets In Residential Areas

 

Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has ordered the closure of all illegal gas retail outlets located in residential areas across the state with immediate effect.

The directive comes two days after an explosion occurred at an illegal gas retail shop in Sabon Tasha area of Chikun local government.

The incident resulted in the death of six people including the Director-General of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Professor Simon Mallam.

Speaking to reporters after an on the spot assessment at the scene of the explosion on Monday, Governor El-Rufai appealed to residents to report such gas outlets to the government for immediate action.


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While he described the incident as very unfortunate and avoidable, the governor emphasized that all gas refill stations should relocate to industrial layouts rather than being allowed to operate within residential areas thereby exposing the residents to imminent dangers.

He also announced that the state government will, through the state Urban Development Authority map out specific areas where the gas plant operators will be relocated to with all the necessary safety measures in place.

Kaduna Gas Explosion: DPR Vows To Seal Illegal Gas Retail Outlets

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Sunday vowed to commence a total clampdown on illegal and roadside liquefied Petroleum Gas retail dealers in Kaduna State.

This follows a tragic explosion that occurred on Saturday at the Sabon Tasha in Chikun Local Government Area of the state, a few kilometres away from the Kaduna refinery.

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The Zonal operations controller of the agency, Isa Tafida, made this vow while speaking with journalists during an assessment tour of the gas explosion scene.

According to him, the clampdown is part of the measures to mitigate the future occurrence of a gas plant explosion in the state.

Tafida noted that the illegal gas retail outlets pose a great security risk to residents, hence he vowed that his agency will use every constitutional means to stop their activities.

Three persons including a professor and two others were recorded dead from the explosion on Saturday.

The death toll, however, increased to six, on Sunday.

DPR Seals 10 Petrol Stations, Four LPG Plants In Kaduna

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed 10 petrol stations and four Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants in Kaduna State for various offences.

DPR’s Zonal Operations Controller in the state, Isa Tafida, told reporters on Tuesday during a monitoring exercise that the facilities were sealed for pump under-delivery, products diversion, operating without licence and noncompliance to safety regulations.

Other offences he listed include non-conformity to standard operations, construction and operation without DPR licence, and installation of facilities without approval.

Tafida revealed that the agency inspected no fewer than 768 petrol stations and 38 gas stations within the last quarter of 2019.

He explained that the aim was to ensure compliance and to also make sure residents were not short-changed by unscrupulous marketers, especially during festive period.

The zonal operations controller who led other officials on the inspection tour said the DPR has intensified its operations within the state, in furtherance of its constitutional responsibilities.

He added that 38 LPG plants and 50 retailers were licensed in an effort to discourage desert encroachment and felling of trees, as well as reducing the associated risk of decanting LPG by unlicensed retailers.

Tafida insisted that the operation of illegal gas plants without licence and under unsafe condition was illegal and would not be allowed.

DPR Seals Petrol Stations, Pumps In Enugu

 

 

No fewer than five petroleum stations and nine pumps have been sealed and penalised by the Department of Petroleum Resources in Enugu State for upscaling their pumps beyond the negligible range of 0.2.

The clampdown was during a routine surveillance exercise by the agency within the Enugu metropolis to identify stations that hoard products and adjust their pump to shortchange the public.

According to the DPR, at every litre purchase in the sealed stations, customers lose close to 1 litre of paid product to the marketers.

They, therefore, called on citizens to report any suspicious act of cheating, reiterated that the era of products hoarding to create artificial scarcity and other forms of cheating the public will no longer be tolerated.

DPR Seals Four Filling Stations In Taraba

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Taraba State has seal four filling stations for under dispensing of petroleum products.

DRP’s Head of Retails, Outlets and Marketing Department, Ibrahim Yakubu, disclosed this during a surveillance and enforcement operation on Tuesday in Jalingo, the state capital.

Yakubu explained that a total of 20 filling stations were visited during the operation as part of the mandate agency’s mandate during which the erring stations were caught.

He, however, called on residents and motorists in the state to avoid panic buying of petroleum products.

The DPR official noted that the essence of the exercise was to ensure that marketers do not exhibit sharp practices that would adversely affect the public during and after the yuletide.

He observed that marketers in the state have tremendously complied with the rules and regulations governing the petroleum downstream sub-sector.

“The level of compliance here in Taraba is quite tremendous and we commend the marketers for cooperating with the DPR and not cheating unsuspecting members of the public,” said Yakubu.

He added, “If this stand by the marketers will be sustained, then I think DPR will fully rate marketers of the product at 100% compliance.”

The DPR official insisted that the agency would not relent in sanctioning any defaulting operator who intends to short-change the public at all times by under dispensing the product.

So far, the Taraba State Field Office of the DPR has sealed over 20 fuel stations in the year 2019 with some marketers deserting their fuel stations on sighting enforcement officials.

No Fuel Scarcity During Yuletide, DPR Assures Nigerians

DPR Area Controller, Engineer Abdullahi Jankara has allayed fears of fuel scarcity during the yuletide season.

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has assured Nigerians that there wouldn’t be scarcity of petroleum products during the yuletide period.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting in Niger on Friday, the DPR Area Controller, Engineer Abdullahi Jankara said the agency is working round the clock to monitor the distribution of products.

“You can go home and sleep with two of your eyes closed. We are not foreseeing any scarcity of petroleum products this December. And DPR is on top of its work to ensure that all the products that come to Niger State are monitored to the last point they ought to be.

“So the idea of somebody nursing an idea that there will be scarcity, sleep with your two eyes closed because there will be nothing like that,” he said.

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Speaking further, the DPR boss warned oil and gas marketers in the state to desist from compromising safety regulations.

According to him, marketers who go contrary to the warning will have their licences withdrawn to serve as a deterrent to others.

Jankara regretted that most products lost affect the revenue input of the agency, thus blaming it on the activities of some oil marketers.

He noted that the agency organised the stakeholders meeting to engage rather that punish them in order to keep them acquainted with the regulations in place.

Meanwhile, the Niger State government has reiterated its commitment to improve on the road infrastructure for the easy movement of petroleum products.

Sunday Kolo who represented Governor Abubakar Bello, stated this while reacting to complaints by marketers on the condition of roads in the state.

He however appealed to tanker drivers to cooperate with the government to make it possible.

Buhari Appoints Sarki Auwalu As DPR ‘Substantive’ Director

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Sarki Auwalu as substantive Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed the appointment which runs for an initial term of four years.

Mr Adesina revealed that the appointment is due to Mr Auwalu’s driving force of the DPR, which he joined in 1998 as Principal Chemical Engineer.

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“The new Director is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and had his post-graduate studies at Bayero University, Kano, and PETRAD Norway, PetroSkill USA, among other institutions.

“Auwalu is Associate Member, Institute of Chemical Engineers, UK; Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers; Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers; and Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN),” he added.

Imo DPR Sets Up Laboratory To Checkmate Sale Of Adulterated Petroleum Products

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The Department of Petroleum Resources, Owerri, Imo State, has set up a laboratory for petroleum quality analysis.

According to the Zonal Controller Operations of the DPR in the state, Peter Ijeh, the setting up of the laboratory is part of efforts to identify and checkmate sales of adulterated petroleum products in the state.

While showing journalists around the new laboratory, Ijeh said the agency will soon commence operations and serious sanctions await any independent marketer or groups found guilty of selling adulterated products to the public.

DPR Seals Seven Fuel Stations In Taraba

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed seven fuel stations in Taraba State for various infractions.

DPR’s Operational Field Controller at the department’s Jalingo Office, Mr Jeremiah Mashat, led a team of officials on a routine inspection of fuel stations in the northern zone of the state on Thursday.

The operation was conducted in collaboration with the Oil and Gas Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Taraba State Command.

Mashat explained that the erring stations were sealed for various offences such as excess dispensing among others.

He, however, commended oil marketers in Taraba for the high level of compliance to set standards in the sector.

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According to the DPR official, the general level of compliance from the fuel stations visited is commendable as most meters are in good condition and safety measures are sufficiently put in place.

He insisted that infractions would be properly sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to others and urged operators to imbibe best practices as well as ensure customers get value for their money and were not short-changed.

“For two days now, we have visited a number of fuel stations, especially in the northern zone of the state.

“We sealed a total of seven stations for various infractions that will be sanctioned appropriately. But I must say that the level of compliance is quite commendable. I will put it at 90 per cent and it is a great improvement from our last outing,” Mashat said.

He added, “Let me use this opportunity to urge operators to imbibe the best practices to avoid having issues.

“It is unfortunate that some operators desert their stations once they see our vehicles coming. This is a serious offence and is completely needless.”

The DPR official gave assurance that residents do not need to panic as there was enough supply of petroleum product to take care of the extra demand in the yuletide season.

Mr Salisu Bappa, who led NSCDC operatives, described the operation as a huge success and assured residents that the unit would continue to complement the efforts of the DPR.

He also said they would bring sanity into the oil and gas sector and ensure that operators do not indulge in sharp practices aimed at short-changing the consumers.