PHOTOS: Fire Guts Filling Station In Abuja

Shema Mega petrol filling station gutted by fire on Wednesday, February the 26the, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

A filling station in Abuja, (Shema Mega Petrol Filling Station) has been gutted by fire.

Located along Kubwa Expressway, the filling station went up in flames on Wednesday, destroying a building that houses its offices.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire started when fuel spilled across the premises from a tanker that was offloading.

Although there were no casualties, at least six petrol rigs and a tanker were destroyed by the fire.

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At the time of reporting the incident, men of the Federal Fire Service were on ground to quench the fire.

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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 Shuts Down Four Filling Stations In Port Harcourt

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has shut down four filling stations in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

According to the agency, the filling stations violated the operational guidelines handed down to marketers to desist from fraudulent practices against the public and motorists.

Zonal Operational Director of DPR, Mr Bassey Nkanga, disclosed this during an interview with journalists in the state, shortly after a surveillance visit to 38 filing station.

He further explained that two of the filling stations were shut down for under dispensing, one for obstruction and the other, for operating without a valid licence.

According to him, the four stations will be fined and those guilty of under dispensing would be made to pay a sum of N100,000 to the Federal Government.

He also assured Nigerians that the exercise is a continuous process until all markets comply with the laid down rules and regulations.

The DPR boss stressed that the agency will not tolerate any form of non-compliance and any attempt to cheat unsuspecting members of the public.

DPR Seals Some Filling Stations In Delta

 

The Department of Petroleum and Resources (DPR) has sealed some petrol stations in Asaba, Delta State, for allegedly under-dispensing petroleum products.

After inspecting various petroleum outlets in the state, Mr Ogboni Efe Bright who represented the Zonal Operations Controller and led the operations said the DPR is concerned about ensuring that customers get maximum value for products to purchase.

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He, therefore, assured the public that the DPR would continue to enforce the law until there is total compliance.

Mr Efe also urged all marketers to comply with the regulation on pump price so that consumers would not suffer.

Tanker Fire Guts Filling Station In Rivers

A tanker discharging fuel at a filling station along Eneka Igwuruta Road in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State has burst into flames.

The fire which started on Monday evening spread to other parts of the filling station causing many to move away to safer grounds.

 

Although no casualty has been recorded in the incident, it created panic in the area with many people in the vicinity making frantic calls to get the fire service.

Eyewitnesses said that an attendant was pumping petrol into a vehicle while the tanker was discharging its Product, before the fire outbreak, a move believed to be against the rules.

More to follow…

Petroleum Engineer Advocates Use Of Naira In Refining Process Transactions

bala on Petroleum sector in NigeriaA Petroleum Engineer, Zaaka Bala, has stressed the need for Petroleum Refining Process transactions to be carried out in Naira, as it would reduce Exchange Rate Differentials and interest rates.

Mr Bala was giving his opinion on how the lingering fuel scarcity in Nigeria could be tackled.

On Channels Television’s breakfast show, ‘Sunrise Daily’, he also expressed the belief that with good rail network in Nigeria, the distribution of petroleum products would be easier.

He said: ”If you have your rail lines working, tankers and trucks will be limited to just the metropolitan centres”.

Mr Bala noted that there was no need for a trucks to come from distant places like Sokoto to Yola, to transport fuel.

He also said that if the process was implemented, there would be no reason for trucks to be moving from one part of the country to another.

“Trucks and tankers should be limited to metropolitan cities. You cannot connect pipeline to every service station,” he said.

 

Oyo Police Arrest Fuel, Oil Thieves

policePolice have arrested suspected petroleum pipeline vandals, with over 33,000 litres of fuel in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

Parading the suspects, the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Katsina, told reporters that the fuel scarcity had made petroleum products commodities of renewed interest to criminals.

Mr Katsina said that vandals were engaging in the illegal acts to sabotage the efforts of the government.

The Commissioner was speaking on Wednesday at a vandalism site along the border of Ogun State where the vandals had successfully scooped over 3,000 litres of petrol for sale at the black market.

The Command also got a clean break with the recovery of a 33,000 litres tanker containing engine oil which was snatched at gun point at the Ojo axis of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Katsina explained to Journalists that the latest arrests would encourage the Command to beam its searchlight on vandalism and high way robbery, especially of petroleum products which had been on the increase since the fuel scarcity started.

One of the suspects, Aiki ademola, told reporters that he got the link from a friend who had already supplied him twice in jerry cans, but this time the consignment was much larger as they came in with about 24 200 litres drums.

According to the tanker driver, the group of six men that highjacked the tanker wore military uniform and took the driver and two occupants of the truck away from Ibadan and dropped them in the middle of nowhere in Fiditi. They were dumped in the bush while they returned to Ibadan to sell the product.

The manager of the filling station claimed that he had no knowledge of the criminal means through which the product was sourced.

In the mean time, the Police said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) would be alerted to carry out necessary repair on the vandalised pipeline and that the command would intensify efforts to prevent saboteurs from peddling their inglorious trade in the state.

Marketers Protest As DPR Seals Filling Station In Owerri

dprThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Imo State in eastern Nigeria has sealed-off over five filling stations in Owerri, the state capital for selling petrol above the Federal Government’s approved price of  87 Naira per litre.

This action prompted petroleum marketers in the state to embarked on a three-day warning strike, calling on the DPR to open the filling stations and also implore the Federal Government to provide petrol at the approved price to enable marketers sell at 87 Naira per litre.

The said most of the marketers buy at higher prices at the petrol depots which automatically resulted to heavy loss in their business.

It came as a rude shock to residence of Owerri in Imo state as they woke up with the news that all the fillings station operating in the state had shut down without any prior notice.

Reports revealed that some of the filling stations within the Owerri Metropolis were sealed-off by the DPR, infuriating members of the Association of Petroleum Marketers in the state,  who decided to shut down in solidarity as they embarked on a three-day warning strike.

While briefing reporters on the reason for their actions, the people condemned the continued harassment of their members by the DPR in the state.

The association maintained that if after three days the alleged injustice by the DPR continued, and the Federal Government failed to provide petrol at the approved price, they would have no option than to go on indefinite strike

While appealing to the DPR to direct petrol depots to regulate their prices, the Chairman of the Imo State Petroleum Task Force said the state could not do much to intervene because the marketers buy at higher prices

While addressing the marketers, the DPR in the state said their job was to enforce compliant to Federal Government’s directive of ensuring that filling stations sell at the approved price of 87 Naira. He said they do not have any role to play in pricing, adding that the filling stations under their seal is a corrective measure to enforce compliance by defaulting filling stations.

It is the first day of the three-day warning strike and residence of the state have lamented over the untold hardship experienced in getting to their desired location.

It is, however, expected that the petroleum marketers and the DPR would meet to chat a way forward in the best interest of the citizens.

Petrol Price Reduction: Transport Workers In Abia To Reduce Fare

PetrolThe Chairman of Abia State Chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Sunny Nwakodo, has said that there is the likelihood to reduce the prices of transport in the state.

This is in line with the decision of the Federal Government to reduce the pump price of petrol from 97 naira to 87 naira per litre.

According to him, if all the petrol stations in the state abide by this new pump price, commuters would have a cause to smile as the union would do all within its ability to bring down fare.

While some of the petrol stations in the state, visited by Channels Television, have started selling at the new price, others have not changed their prices.

According to them, their inability to sell was because they were waiting for orders from the management to revert to the new price.

Some of them also claimed that they bought the fuel at the former price and the turn of event might affect their profit margin.

This has led to the NNPC mega Station being besieged with several vehicles.

Although many commuters expressed the view that the Federal Government’s decision to reduce petrol pump price was to draw attention for campaign purposes, a large number of them also think otherwise.

Some of the consumers who spoke to us said that the action taken by the government to reduce petrol pump price was commendable.

Many were pleased to buy their petrol at the new price of 87 naira per litre.

New Petrol Price Will Not Immediately Affect Common Man – Nweze

petrolA Professor at the Pan Atlantic University, Austin Nweze, believes that the Nigerian Government’s reduction of the pump price of petrol is a welcome development considering it came without a fight from Nigerians.

He, however, added that how long this would last remains something to ponder on as there are several factors that determine the prices of petroleum products.

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, he noted that the reduction of the pump price of petrol was a consequence of global drop in the price of crude oil, and wondered if the pump price in Nigeria would be raised again when global crude price goes up.

While sharing the view that it was not yet time to celebrate a permanent reduction, he also noted that such reduction would not affect majority of Nigerians as commuters would still be paying the same amount they pay for transportation.

He admitted, although, that vehicle owners who buy petrol daily would immediately start to benefit.

Explaining the dynamics of the oil market, Nweze opined that this was a good opportunity for the Nigerian Government to completely remove subsidy and allow filling stations to sell at different prices.

To validate his suggestion, he stated that many towns in the South-Eastern part of the country had been buying petrol at different prices different from the former price of 97 naira per litre. Therefore a deregulation would not be strange.

He also noted that this could help develop local refineries and also encourage local entrepreneurs to invest in the sector rather the Nigerian economy being in the hands of foreigners.

Professor Nweze further emphasized the need to diversify the Nigerian economy.

Austin Nweze, who is also the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ebonyi State, spoke briefly about his ambition and his chances of clinching the governorship seat in Ebonyi State in 2015.

Fuel Scarcity: Petroleum Minister Links Hardship To Product Diversion

Petroleum MinisterThe petroleum ministry has said it is set to crack down on all major marketers involved in diversion of petroleum products, causing artificial scarcity across the country.

Minister of petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke said in Lagos on Sunday that some major marketers involved in fuel diversion have been identified and will soon be sanctioned.

“The number of trucks coming into Lagos, the volumes coming in, where they’re supposed to be getting to in terms of the mapping and an approximate idea of what is being diverted (is being investigated), because clearly there is diversion.

“In terms of our critical reserves, we have more than 2 week’s sufficiency on hand right now and we have been pushing the sufficiency out. The issue is where is some of the fuel being diverted to?

“A lot of hard work would need to be done in the next 24 hours or so; there would really be sanctions this time. In fact I am ready to start publishing the names where we find that people have been diverting products, because there’s no reason for that at this time”, she said.

In what appears to be a demonstration of government’s seriousness at enforcing effective distribution of petrol across the country, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs  Diezani Allison-Madueke, had on Saturday paid an unscheduled visit to some fuel stations in Lagos.

While on the tour, the minister insisted that the Federal Government has no intention of increasing the pump price and warned that a list of those suspected to have hoarded the product is already being compiled.

Kerosene Subsidy: Lawmakers Argue Over DG Budget Office’s Presentation

vlcsnap-2014-03-06-11h05m07s244The investigative hearing into the controversial kerosene subsidy of Government almost came to an abrupt end, as a rowdy session erupted between lawmakers in the House of Representatives Committee investigating the matter.

These confrontations came up while the Director General of the Budget Office, Bright Okogu, appeared before the House Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream and stated that the Ministry of Finance “doesn’t provide provision for subsidy payment on kerosene”

A lawmaker took exception to the line of questioning and this led to a shouting match that stalled the hearing for some time.

Some lawmakers told the Chairman of the committee “If your ruling is biased we will challenge you” this was in reaction to an attempt by the Chairman to calm the rowdy session.

Order was eventually restored and the hearing continued till the end of the day. The committee says the hearing would continue into next week.