DPR To Domesticate Use Of LPG In Niger Delta …To Shut Down Illegal Filling Stations

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it has mapped out plans to ensure that households in the Niger Delta embrace the use of domestic gas.

Zonal Operations Controller of DPR in Rivers State, Comrade Bassey Nkanga disclosed this during the annual general meeting of DPR marketers and depot operators in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

According to the zonal controller, the government has already set up a committee to drive the initiatives and ensure that the attention of the people of the Niger Delta is moved more to the domestic use of gas in households.

Nkanga said the use of gas has greater advantage especially considering the scarcity of kerosene among Nigerians and explained that by 2020, renewed efforts will be made to promote the use of gas by households.

The DPR controller advised marketer to take advantage of the initiative to engage into the business of retail sales of LPG in filling stations to ensure availability of the product to consumers.

The DPR boss equally restated plans to ensure that all illegal filling stations in the state are closed, emphasizing that the DPR is determined to allow only legally authorized marketers to operate in the industry.

Other resolutions of the annual general meeting include the need for operations to always adhere to safety standards in order to curb the incidents of disasters in the industry.

Filling station and marketers were also cautioned to stop the practice of under dispensing of petroleum products to customers.

The DPR warned marketers to stop violating its seal orders on defaulting filling station, stressing that such violators would henceforth be sanctioned.

It also warned that it will no longer condone unethical practices by depot operators, including alleged hoarding of products.

The annual general meeting was attended by stakeholders in the petroleum industry, security agencies, Federal and State Fire Services among others.

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