From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Minna Field Office, has insisted on the guiding principles of safety operations and regulatory compliance because of the inherent hazard associated with the oil and gas industry.
The Operations Controller, Engineer Abdullahi Isah Jankara made the disclosure at Department of Petroleum Resources 4th Stakeholders Annual General Meeting (AGM) with the theme; “Safe Operations and Regulatory Compliance in the Oil and Gas Industry” held in Minna yesterday.
He stated that the meeting was aimed at improving compliance and regulatory procedures, especially in the petroleum product storage depots, filling stations, LPG outlets, Lube plants and operators of related oil and gas business is Niger state.
Jankara who stressed that it’s an opportunity to bring together all major players of the downstream oil and gas sector so as to review the 2019 operational achievements and challenges recorded thus far and plan for next year performance.
According to him, “So far, in line with our regulatory mandate to ensure adequacy in product quality, quantity and safe practice in accordance with the approved procedure of operations, the DPR in Niger state field office in the past year embarked on monitoring activities of oil and gas across the state.”
Engineer Jankara added that the department was not unaware of the non-approved installation of LGP skids outlets operating under unsafe conditions without license and warned on the appropriate sanction awaiting them henceforth.
He explained that it has reduced the activities of marketers selling products above federal government approved price like pump under delivery, product diversion, defaulters of unsafe practices and masterminds of illegal activities hence has reduced the sharp practices in Niger state.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State represented by the commissioner for Mineral Resources, Mr. Daniel Sunday Kolo who commended the federal government for deregulating downstream and the regulatory agency for its activities in the state charged for sustenance.