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DPR seals 10 petrol stations in Bayelsa for various irregularities

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Bayelsa says it has sealed ten petrol stations and an illegal liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) station in Yenagoa for expired licences and lack of basic operational equipment.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the DPR on Wednesday, with a team of its officials, led by Mr Ibinabo Jack, Head of Operations in the state field office, paid unscheduled visit to some retail petrol outlets.

NAN also reports that the affected filling stations were Tamic Oil and Gas, Paudsiman Nigeria Limited, Ido Oil and Gas, De Arizona Nigeria limitedlimited and Keniyan Oil and Gas limited.

Others were Sohwo Oil and Gas limited, in Swali, Paulo Oil and Gas Sea Bird Oil and Gas, RSK Oil and Gas limited, Emily Oil and Gas.

Jack said: “The sealing of filling stations is not new and it’s not going to be a one-off thing rather, it will be a continuous exercise. We caught some of them dispensing to customers below the variation.

“For instance, a station that is selling at point 41CL of every 10 litres is short-changing the public.

“In other words, where they ought to get 10 litres, they are given maybe six or seven litres. This is not fair,” he said.

The DPR chief said that the stations that were placed under seal had committed so many irregularities, which were punishable, adding that while some were under dispensing, others did not have fire extinguishers.

According to him, some did not even have sand buckets and these are things needed for their safety and that of their facilities as well as their customers.

“The penalties depend on their offences. When they report at DPR’s office, appropriate penalties will be spelt out to each of them.

“The DPR is a regulatory body and there are regulations binding the operations of retail outlets which need to be maintained by the operators.

“The new policy now, is that no gas station should be inside a fueling station, it is wrong; So, the Federal Government is against it,” he said.

He said the Federal Government has urged those in the gas business to look for an alternative by removing the retail outlet to another place that will be more secured.

Jack urged those sealed to always adhere to the rules and regulations of DPR in the interest of the general public. (NAN)


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Edited by Saidu Adamu/Felix Ajide

 

 

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DPRK fully supports China’s decision on national security legislation for Hong Kong

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The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has said that it fully supports China‘s decision on national security legislation for Hong Kong, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday.

It is a legitimate step that China has adopted the Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to Safeguard National Security, which is based on the Constitution of the People‘s Republic of China and the Basic Law of the HKSAR, at the third session of the 13th National People‘s Congress (NPC), the KCNA quoted a spokesperson for the ministry as saying.

“We fully support the measures taken by the Party and government of China for safeguarding the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the country and achieving stability and prosperity of Hong Kong based on the policy of ‘one country, two systems,'” the spokesperson said.

A difficult situation is being created in Hong Kong in recent years, which threatens the principle of “one country, two systems” and the national security of China, he noted.

“This is the product of a plot by the external force and its vassal forces that seek the division and disintegration of China by tarnishing the image of a socialist country and fomenting and escalating a social disorder,” the spokesperson added.

Since Hong Kong issue is one pertaining thoroughly to the internal affairs of China, any country or force has no rights to say this or that about it. We categorically oppose and reject foreign interference detrimental to the security and the social and economic development of Hong Kong,” the report continued.

On Thursday, deputies to China‘s 13th NPC voted overwhelmingly to approve the decision on national security legislation for Hong Kong.

(XINHUA)

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DPR in Osun to enforce use of face masks at filling stations

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The Osun Field Office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it will start enforcing use of  face masks  at filling stations across the state  to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Mr Olusegun Daboh, DPR Operations Controller, said this in  an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Osogbo.

Daboh said the enforcement of the use of face masks in public places, including  filling stations, was aimed at assisting government in curtailing the spread of the virus in the state.

He said since petrol attendants would be interacting with different motorists at the filling stations, there was  need for them to put on masks and also observe other safety guidelines.

The controller said that petroleum marketers would also be sensitised on other safety guidelines such as the use of hand sanitisers and social distancing at filling stations.

Daboh said the department would continue to support government’s efforts within its area of operations to minimise the spread of the virus.

“We will soon embark on the enforcement and sensitisation of petroleum marketers at filling stations in the state.

“This effort is to assist government at minimising the spread of the virus in the state.

” There is no doubt that  large number of people usually go to filling stations to buy fuel and that is why we want to ensure that both the attendant and their customers make use of  face masks,” he said.

Daboh also warned marketers against under-dispensing of products, saying anyone caught in the act would be dealt with in line with the law.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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DPRK’s ruling party holds military meeting to boost armed forces

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The ruling party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has held a military meeting on measures and policies to improve the country’s armed forces to defend its sovereignty and stability, the state news agency reported on Sunday.

According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the fourth enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) set forth “new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country and putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation.”

DPRK’s top leader Kim Jong Un chaired the meeting, the report said, without mentioning the exact date.

The meeting also discussed “crucial measures for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability of the artillery pieces of the Korean People’s Army,” the KCNA reported.

At the meeting, Kim “put main emphasis on thoroughly realizing the party’s monolithic leadership” over the army, and signed seven orders including reorganizing the military commanding system and enhancing the roles of major military educational institutions.

The meeting elected Ri Pyong Chol as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, the report said.

(XINHUA)

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COVID-19: DPR urges filling stations to take precautionary measures

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Osogbo field office has urged petroleum marketers in the state to always take precautionary measures against coronavirus while dealing with motorists at filling stations.

Mr Olusegun Daboh, DPR Operations Controller, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Osogbo.

Daboh said since petrol attendants would be dealing with different kinds of motorists, there was need for marketers to ensure that social distance was maintained.

He said that the use of face masks should also be made compulsory for all the petrol attendants, to help in minimising the spread of the virus in the state.

Daboh said the agency would soon embark on sensitisation programme to filling stations in the state on the importance of face masks and other precautionary measures against the virus.

He emphasised on the need to make hand sanitisers available for petrol attendants at the filing stations.

The operations controller said that since the attendants would be touching money frequently, there was the need for them to continually sanitise their hands against the virus.

Daboh said the agency would continue to support the marketers in the state on the fight against the virus at the filling stations.

He, however, warned against under-dispensing of product, vowing that any marketer caught would be dealt with according to the law.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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DPRK top leader receives congratulations from Russian Liberal Democratic Party chairman

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Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has received a congratulatory message from Chairman of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky on the first anniversary of Kim’s visit to Russia, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Wednesday.

Kim’s visit to Russia last April “had an impact on the political stability of the Asia-Pacific region, and will remain forever in the annals of Russian-DPRK relations,” said Zhirinovsky in the message.

“Your meeting with Russian President V. Putin during your visit consolidated the firm positions held by you and Putin as companions standing on an equal footing in discussing and deciding important issues regarding security of the region and the world,” KCNA quoted Zhirinovsky as saying.

Zhirinovsky also wished Kim good health and success in accomplishing plans for the development of the DPRK, the report added.

At the invitation of Putin, Kim kicked off a visit to Russia on April 24, 2019 and held a summit with Putin in Vladivostok on the next day, the first meeting between the two leaders since Kim became top leader of the DPRK in late 2011.

(XINHUA)

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Top DPRK leader sends greetings to South Africa on national holiday

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Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), sent a message on Monday to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to mark the country’s national holiday, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The message extended the warm congratulations to the president, government and people of South Africa on behalf of the government and people of DPRK on the Day of Freedom, a national holiday in South Africa, the KCNA report said.

The message also expressed the belief that the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries would steadily grow stronger, it added.
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Roundup: S.Korea offers to DPRK resuming cooperation by jointly tackling COVID-19

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in offered Monday to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) resuming inter-Korean cooperation by jointly tacking the COVID-19 outbreak.

“(The South Korean government) will go and find the most realistic and practical way for inter-Korean cooperation. The COVID-19 crisis can be a new opportunity for inter-Korean cooperation as it is the most urgent and desperate task to cooperate in as of now,” Moon said in a meeting with his senior secretaries on the day to mark the second anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration.

The declaration was signed by Moon and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un during their first summit on April 27, 2018 at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom. The two leaders agreed to the complete denuclearization of and the permanent peace settlement in the peninsula.

“The Panmunjom Declaration opened an irreversible gate of peace, but the past two years from then on was a time to realize once again that peace does not come in a single day,” Moon noted.

Moon said the implementation of the declaration had not gained speed, not because of the lack of will of the two Koreas but because of “international restrictions,” referring to UN Security Council sanctions towards the DPRK.

The president said his government will not wait until conditions get better, pledging to find and implement anything the two Koreas can do under the current restrictions.

He proposed that South Korea and the DPRK could start with cooperation in jointly tackling the COVID-19 before expanding inter-Korean cooperation into jointly dealing with infectious disease in domestic animals, natural disasters in border areas, and climate change.

“An inter-Korean life community can be a foundation to move towards a peace community,” Moon noted.

In his New Year address, Moon vowed to seek realistic ways for a broader inter-Korean cooperation while continuing efforts for the success of the DPRK-U.S. denuclearization negotiations.

The DPRK leader and U.S. President Donald Trump held the first-ever DPRK-U.S. summit in Singapore in June 2018, but their second summit ended without any agreement in February 2019 at the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, leading to the stalled denuclearization talks.

The South Korean president advocated a virtuous cycle of improved inter-Korean relations enhancing Pyongyang-Washington denuclearization talks.

To reconnect railways across the inter-Korean border, Moon vowed to do what South Korea can do first.

Earlier in the day, a ceremony was held in the northeastern border town of Jejin to launch the construction of the South Korean section of the inter-Korean railway along the east coast of the Korean Peninsula.

The single-track railway reconnection spans 110.9 km from the east coastal city of Gangneung to Jejin. It is expected to cost about 2.85 trillion won (2.3 billion U.S. dollars).

The Gangneung-Jejin railroad is the southern section of the Donghae Bukbu Line, which was built during the 1910-1945 Japanese colonization of the peninsula but was severed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Moon and Kim agreed in their Panmunjom summit to modernize and re-link inter-Korean railways and roads along the eastern and western peninsula. The Donghae Bukbu Line construction project was pursued since 2000.

South Korea and the DPRK held a groundbreaking ceremony for the inter-Korean railway reconnection in December 2018, but construction works had been delayed amid the international sanctions toward Pyongyang.

The Moon government hoped to reconnect railways across the inter-Korean border, eventually connect to Europe through the Trans-China Railway (TCR) and the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR).

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S.Korean president says to seek realistic, practical ways for cooperation with DPRK, including on COVID-19 crisis

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that his government will seek realistic and practical ways for cooperation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and COVID-19 crisis can be an opportunity.

Moon made the remark during a meeting with his senior aides on the day to mark the second anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration that was signed by Moon and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un during their first summit on April 27, 2018 at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to the presidential Blue House.

“(The South Korean government) will go and find the most realistic and practical way for inter-Korean cooperation. The COVID-19 crisis can be a new opportunity for inter-Korean cooperation as it is the most urgent and desperate task to cooperate in as of now,” Moon said.

Moon’s comment indicated Seoul’s willingness to cooperate with Pyongyang in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, which he said could become a starting point to expand inter-Korean cooperation into jointly dealing with infectious disease in domestic animals, natural disasters in border areas, and climate change.

“An inter-Korean life community can be a foundation to move towards a peace community,” Moon noted.

To reconnect railways across the inter-Korean border, Moon vowed to do what South Korea can do first.

Earlier in the day, a ceremony was held in the northeastern border town of Jejin to launch the construction of the South Korean section of the inter-Korean railway along the east coast of the Korean Peninsula.

The single-track railway reconnection spans 110.9 km from the east coastal city of Gangneung to Jejin. It is expected to cost about 2.85 trillion won (2.3 billion U.S. dollars).

The Gangneung-Jejin railroad is the southern section of the Donghae Bukbu Line, which was built during the 1910-1945 Japanese colonization of the peninsula but was severed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Moon and Kim agreed in their Panmunjom summit to modernize and re-link inter-Korean railways and roads along the eastern and western peninsula. The Donghae Bukbu Line construction project was pursued since 2000.

South Korea and the DPRK held a groundbreaking ceremony for the inter-Korean railway reconnection in December 2018, but construction works had been delayed amid the international sanctions toward Pyongyang.

The Moon government hoped to reconnect railways across the inter-Korean border, eventually connect to Europe through the Trans-China Railway (TCR) and the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR).
(XINHUA)

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1st LD Writethru: S.Korean president says to seek realistic, practical ways for cooperation with DPRK including on COVID-19 crisis

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that his government will seek realistic and practical ways for cooperation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and COVID-19 crisis can be an opportunity.

Moon made the remark during a meeting with his senior aides on the day to mark the second anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration that was signed by Moon and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un during their first summit on April 27, 2018 at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to the presidential Blue House.

“(The South Korean government) will go and find the most realistic and practical way for inter-Korean cooperation. The COVID-19 crisis can be a new opportunity for inter-Korean cooperation as it is the most urgent and desperate task to cooperate in as of now,” Moon said.

Moon’s comment indicated Seoul’s willingness to cooperate with Pyongyang in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, which he said could become a starting point to expand inter-Korean cooperation into jointly dealing with infectious disease in domestic animals, natural disasters in border areas, and climate change.

“An inter-Korean life community can be a foundation to move towards a peace community,” Moon noted.
(XINHUA)

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