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.

DPR Seals Five Filling Stations, Threatens To Withdraw Operational Licenses

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has threatened to withdraw the operational licenses of five filling stations in Adamawa State.

According to the Acting Controller DPR, Adamawa and Taraba state, Laminga Mohammed, the stations erred by under dispensing of petroleum product.

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Addressing journalists in Yola, the capital, on Friday, Mohammed said some stations were not sealed because their activities conformed to the operational regulations of the DPR, and those caught will be penalised before they are reopened.

“So many stations were sealed, but some were not sealed. Those ones that were not sealed, the department is happy with their activities.

“Those that were sealed, most of them, the firefighting facilities are either inadequate or they are not there at all.

“Some of them also, their pumps were under dispensing with 10.5, meaning in every 10 litres dispensed to a customer, .5 litre is out. If a customer is buying 20 litres, he is sold 18 litres, of which the department cannot condone, so we have to seal and then show the marketers the TSA to pay the fines into the FG account before they are reopened,” he added.

Mr Mohammed warned that more surveillance exercise will be carried out and operational licences of defaulters will be withdrawn.

DPR Seals Three Filling Stations In Imo

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed three filling stations in Imo State.

Mr Peter Ijeh, the DPR Zonal Controller in Owerri, disclosed this to reporters on Friday in the state capital in South-east Nigeria.

According to him, the erring stations were sealed in various parts of the state for contravening the rules and guidelines of the operations of petroleum sales in Imo.

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The DPR official noted that the sealing took place during a routine monitoring operation across the state.

He accused the petroleum dealers of the affected stations of operating against the directive and standard of the agency, operating without a licence, and under-dispensing of products.

Ijeh stressed that it was the statutory obligations of the DPR to monitor and regulate the activities of the petroleum marketers.

He explained that this was to enforce the directives of the Federal Government of ensuring that fuel products were made available to the public at N145 per little.

The DPR added that the operation was aimed at ensuring that consumers get satisfaction for services paid for.

He insisted that the erring filling stations would remain shut until they meet the standard.

DPR Seals 12 Filling Stations In Taraba

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it has sealed 12 petrol stations in Taraba State for none compliance to its rules of operation.

The Operations Controller, Jalingo field office, Mr Jeremiah Mashat, disclosed this on Wednesday.

According to him, some of the stations were guilty of under-dispensing the product and selling higher than the actual price.

Meanwhile, he also stated that the agency has granted site clearance for two locations for the installations of Liquefied Petroleum Gas plants in the state.

According to Mashat, the exercise is the first of its kind since the establishment of their office accommodation in Jalingo, in April 2019.

Before now, they usually come from Yola, the Adamawa State capital, to check client compliance, quality, quantity, price enforcement and operational safety as well as licencing of the facilities.

Mashat also disclosed that their campaign is not restricted to only filling stations but will soon extend to Gas retailers.

“We are going to extend our surveillance to the nooks and crannies of Taraba to ensure that Taraba State citizens feel our presence in the state,” he said.