FG Scraps DPR, PEF, PPPRA For New Agencies

A file photo of DPR officials during a monitoring exercise in Owerri, Imo State on March 19, 2021.

 

The Federal Government has scrapped the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Equalisation Fund Management Board (PEF[M]B), and Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).

As a result, the government announced the transition of the now-defunct DPR, PEF(M)B, PPPRA to the newly introduced agencies and their chief executives with respect to the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

The scrapping of the three agencies was announced by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, a statement from the ministry revealed.

“The new agencies are the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission, as well as the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Authority,” said the statement posted on the ministry’s Facebook page on Monday.

“The management team comprises Engineer Gbenga Komolafe, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission, while Engineer Farouk Ahmed is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority.

“H.E. Timipre Sylva charged the new chief executives to be up and doing in their respective areas, in order to ensure that there is a smoother, fuller actualisation of the PIA.”

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, made the announcement in Abuja on October 18, 2021.

 

Before the latest development, the DPR monitors fuel stations across the country to ensure products are not hoarded, among other functions while PEF(M)B is the special intervention put in place by the government to ensure products are sold at approved prices.

PPPRA, on the other hand, is saddled with the responsibility to determine the pricing policy and regulate the supply and distribution of petroleum products, among others.

On August 16, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the PIA to replace the obsolete Petroleum Act of 1969, after several years of pressure on successive administrations to enact the law.

Two days later, he approved the setting up of a steering committee chaired by Sylva to immediately commence the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA). The committee has a duration of 12 months for the assignment.

President Buhari, in a letter dated September 16, asked the Senate to amend the PIA, saying the request became necessary after he reviewed the administrative structure of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority and the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission.

He listed the three areas of the Act he sought to be amended to include the appointment of non-executive board members, removal of the Ministries of Petroleum Resources and Finance from the boards of the two institutions, as well as the appointment of executive directors.

DPR Seals Filling Stations Selling Petrol Above Approved Price In Imo

DPR officials walk in an opposite direction to the camera during a monitoring exercise in Owerri, Imo State capital on March 19, 2021.

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources has sealed some petrol stations in Imo State, south-east Nigeria.

On Friday, the Zonal Controller of DPR in Imo, Roseline Wilki, led a team of officials on a routine monitoring exercise in Owerri, the state capital.

During the operation, some filling stations were sealed for selling Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, above the authorised pump price.

“We are here to ensure that there is quality, to ensure availability of the product, and to ensure that you don’t have adulterated product and that there is no hoarding,” Wilki told reporters at one of the filling stations sealed.

DPR Zonal Controller in Imo, Roseline Wilki, in company with officials of the department seal a filling station in Owerri on March 19, 2021.

 

She added, “We are here to ensure that the operators are selling within the government approved pump price.

“We will definitely sanction those that are not selling within the (government approved) pump price and for the adulteration; we will make sure that they (consumers) get the right product.”

Wilki explained that the need to monitor some petrol stations became necessary because of the outcry over the increase in the price of petrol.

She stated that the action of the erring independent marketers was against the directive of the Federal Government on the sale of the product.

The DPR logo is seen on an official’s jacket at a filling station in Owerri, Imo State capital on March 19, 2021.

 

The DPR zonal controller urged the residents in the state to disregard any rumour of an increase in the pump price of petrol.

She also advised them to report any independent marketer who sells above the normal pump price to the department and warned operators against hoarding and quality delivery.

Wilki said, “Right from the depot, we are going to do carriages inspection and ensure that products that are being loaded are within the correct spec.

“They (residents) should not rely on black market products because wherever they find that there are issues, they should not hesitate to report to the department, and we have offices in almost every state of the Federation.”

DPR officials having a discussion at a filling station in Owerri, Imo State capital on March 19, 2021.

DPR Seals Filling Stations In Abuja For Various Offences

A photo taken on March 17, 2021, shows a dispenser with a seal in Abuja. Channels Television/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed some filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for various offences.

Some of the filling stations were sealed for selling Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, above the approved pump price and operating without a licence, among other offences.

The Abuja Zonal Operations Controller of the agency, Abubakar Buba, led a team of operatives on a surveillance and monitoring exercise of some petrol stations in the nation’s capital.

He insisted that there was no plan to increase the price of petrol, stressing that there was an abundance of the product in the country.

Buba stated that the exercise would become a daily affair to ensure that infractions in dispensing the product were eradicated.

Highlights of the exercise are captured in the pictures below:

DPR Seals Five Filling Stations Selling Above Approved Price In Kwara

File photo of DPR sealing a filling station 

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed up five filling stations in the Ilorin metropolis over offences ranging from over-pricing, under-dispensing and absconding.

Speaking with journalists after monitoring over 35 filling stations in the state capital on Tuesday, the Controller Ilorin field office of the DPR, Engineer Sule Yusuf, said that there is no fuel scarcity and plan to increase fuel price in the country.

“We observed that operators seem to be taking laws into their hands by selling over what government has allowed them to sell, especially, for Petrol. We’ve been going out to monitor before, and we’ll continue to do that. Today is just special because it’s the price we’re out to monitor price, quality, quantity and pump efficiency.

“Two teams of the DPR officials went out this morning in different directions. We visited about 35 filling stations out of which two absconded and sealed. They know the consequences.

“They will only be reopened when they show remorse, pay sanction fees and comply. About three stations were caught over-pricing. We’ve forced them to bring the price down to the allowable range and they’ve complied so that they don’t continue cheating the public.

“For now, there’s no increase in pump price, so they have to comply. If any station is selling above the window range of N162 and N165 per litre people should inform the authority. We’ll visit those stations and force them to comply in addition to sanctions”.

Engineer Yusuf, who advised consumers to watch out so they are not short-changed, said that they should get value for their money.

“Operators are advised to play the game according to rules to avoid being sanctioned. Yes, they are out to make profits but not at the detriment of the majority of the public”, he said.

DPR Seals Five Filling Stations Selling Above Approved Price In Katsina

 

DPR seals a fuel dispensing machine

 

Five filling stations have been sealed for selling fuel above the government-approved and regulated price in Katsina State.

The Katsina field office of the Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR) on Monday intensified routine surveillance across some selected filling stations in the state.

The DPR Operations Controller in charge of Katsina State, Engineer Muhammad Abdurrahman told reporters that the routine exercise aimed at checkmating the culprits will continue on a daily basis until compliance is ensured.

officials of DPR seal petrol station in Katsina State

 

He warned that sanction is applied for any Petroleum marketer found selling the product above the Government approved price from 162 to 165 Naira.

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He further debunked the rumors of the government increasing the price from N165 to N212.68 per litre, asking residents not to panic as the product is going to be available, accessible, and affordable.

 

In one of the eight filling stations visited based on intelligence, DPR officials observed that the product is always being sold in jerricans only in the night and not in the morning hours.

In a particular station, about 14,800 litres of the Premium Motor Spirit was discovered.

Two other stations were found selling the product in jerricans with one under-delivery respectively.

The reported hike in fuel price caused panic buying some days.

 

Petrol Scarcity: DPR Monitors Filling Stations In Kaduna, Warns Against Hoarding

Report Any Station Selling Petrol Above N145, NNPC Tells Nigerians
A file photo of a nozzle pump.

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources has commenced the monitoring of filling stations in Kaduna State to ensure compliance with the approved pump price of N162 per litre Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

The action follows a recent rumour of a price increase of Petrol to N212 per litre by the department last week, a situation which prompted some independent Petroleum marketers to shut down their activities, thereby causing petrol scarcity and resurgence of long queues.

During the monitoring of petrol stations in the Kaduna State capital, DPR officials discovered some petrol stations adjusted their pumps above the government-approved price.

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They also inspected the underground storage tanks to ensure that no marketer is hoarding the product.

Speaking to reporters, the Head of Monitoring of the Department of Petroleum Resources, Ibrahim Yahaya warned marketers against hoarding petroleum products or selling above the approved pump price, saying that such unwholesome practices will attract severe sanctions.

According to him, though the agency has not discovered any incident of hoarding of petroleum products in Kaduna State, its officials will continue to intensify surveillance on petrol stations.

DPR Investigates Cause Of Oando Tank Farm Fire

A tank farm was engulfed in flames in Lagos on November 5, 2020. Credit: LASEMA
A tank farm was engulfed in flames in Lagos on November 5, 2020. Credit: LASEMA

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said an investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fire that gutted the tank farm depot along Gaskiya road in the Ijora-Badia area of Lagos state.

In a statement, the DPR described the incident as an unfortunate accident, adding that it is monitoring the situation.

The Agency added that a preliminary report showed that the facility caved in and that an emergency response to control the fire was swiftly activated by the company, as well as other concerned groups.

The response was able to bring the fire under control before it caused further damage.

The tank farm was gutted on Thursday, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.

The agency, in a statement signed by its Director-General, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said it “activated its emergency response plan” and urged Lagosians to remain calm.

Nigeria To Become Major Exporter Of Petroleum Products In Two Years, Says DPR

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has said that with the five refinery plants under construction across the country and seven others, Nigeria will be a net exporter of petroleum products in the next two years.

The Director and Chief Executive Officer of DPR, Sarki Auwalu disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr Auwalu stated that the flow of imports will be reversed when the new refineries come on stream in the next two years.

He added that the feat would be achieved through the combined capacity of 375,000 barrels per day from 27 modular refineries, 650,000 barrels from the Dangote refinery, and the 450,000 barrels from the government refineries.

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Specifically, he said the Dangote integrated refinery and petrochemical project with 650,000 barrels per day, the biggest in Africa, the Waltersmith refinery with 7,000 capacity per day, and others that were almost near completion would come on stream.

The existing five included the four plants owned by the Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the one owned and operated by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources.

Auwalu said that the aspiration of DPR was to grow the oil reserve to 40 billion barrels and gas to 210 trillion cubic feet.

He added that the department would also grow oil production from its current 2.4 million capacity to three million production capacity and as well reduced cost of production.

“Currently, we have oil prospective license about 61, more than 2, 000 wells that are producing crude oil and condensate, we have about 125 wells producing gas.

“We equally have 20 floating, loading, and offloading vessels. 28 oil terminals, several float stations, and oil and gas processing factories,” he said.

The director said that none of the functional oil facilities stopped work because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the country maintained production and export.

DPR To Create Business Opportunities In Oil, Gas Industry – Director

DPR, engine oil, fake lubricant

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has promised to use its regulatory framework to continue to create opportunities and enable businesses in the oil and gas industry.

A statement by Mr Paul Osu, the Head, Public Affairs in DPR, on Sunday in Lagos said the agency’s Director, Mr. Auwalu Sarki, gave the assurance at the 45th Virtual Anniversary of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE).

Sarki said that the DPR would collaborate with all players to drive growth and eliminate bottlenecks to attract investments.

He said that the topic of the anniversary lecture, ‘Long- Term Funding of Exploration and Petroleum Business in Nigeria – Strategies for Sustainability’, aligned with DPR’s commitment to make Nigeria a top investment destination.

According to him, this can be achieved through the implementation of robust regulatory initiatives and strategies to ensure maximum benefits from the country’s hydrocarbon resources for both investors and Nigerians alike.

He congratulated the association and its founding fathers for the immense contributions to the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the years.

Sarki promised that the DPR would continue to collaborate with professional associations like NAPE for the development of the oil and gas sector.

He said that the DPR was causing a paradigm shift from being a regulator to a business enabler in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria in order to achieve the aspirations of the government in the sector.

DPR Seals 20 Illegal Filling Stations In Kogi

 

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has clamped down on 20 illegal gas stations in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

The Operational Controller of DPR in the state, Idris Zangi who led the surveillance told newsmen at the end of the operation, said the agency can no longer fold its arms and watch peoples’ lives being endangered by those who want to make money at the detriment of other peoples lives.

He said that the illegal outlets sealed were to avoid fire outbreak within residential and business areas where the illegal business are operated.

Zangi, however, appealed to the state government to assist in relocating the sales of cooking gas to a safer and suitable environment in the interest of the safety of citizens.

According to him, those in the act of the illegal business have been asked to seek counsel from the agency on how best they can operate.

Oil Field Auction: Court Restates Order Restraining Petroleum Minister, DPR

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restated its order restraining the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) from taking any step on revoking the Ororo Marginal Field in OML 95 pending a suit challenging its status.

Justice Muslim Hassan reiterated the order on Wednesday after being informed that the DPR was allegedly advertising a bidding process for Marginal Field(s), which may jeopardise the interest of the plaintiff, Owena Oil and Gas Ltd.

The court held that it would deal with any breach of its order directing parties to maintain the status quo in relation to the revocation.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Kemi Pinheiro, had informed the judge that despite the order, the DPR published an advertorial requesting for bids for Marginal Field(s).

He, therefore, sought the court’s protection.

Counsel to the minister, Mr Babajide Ogundipe, informed the court that he had an application and he asked the court for a date for the hearing.

After listening to all the parties, Justice Hassan adjourned further hearing until June 30.

The Ororo field, discovered in 1986, is located within OML 95 in shallow waters offshore Ondo State and lies in water depths ranging between 23 feet and 27 feet.

Owena, in the suit, said the first and second defendants (the minister and DPR), “purportedly revoked the Ororo Marginal Field without recourse to the Plaintiff.”

It contended that it would suffer “irreparable damage unless the defendants are restrained.”

The company also claimed, “The purported revocation of the Ororo Marginal Field within OML 95 is unlawful, invalid, null and void and of no effect whatsoever, having been made during the pendency of the appeal over the decision of this Honourable Court Coram I.N. Buba in Suit No.FHC/L/CS/1815/14: Owena Oil and Gas Limited v. Hon Minister of Petroleum Resources & Ors.”

On May 27, the court had granted an order of interim injunction against the defendants following a motion ex-parte application filed by Owena Oil and Gas Ltd on May 19.

The order restrained the defendants from taking any steps in relation to the suit and ordered the parties to maintain the status quo in relation to the revocation pending the determination of the matter.

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.