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DPR urges depot owners to adhere to safety compliance

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) The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has threatened to suspend companies or depots who fail to adhere to the agency’s safety compliance within their operations.

DPR’s Head, Public Affairs, Mr Paul Osu, told the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Lagos that the agency had safety compliance guidelines that must be complied with by the companies and depots.

reports that a fire had on Sept. 11 gutted the loading section of the Apata Ibadan depot of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

However, Osu said the guidelines were important to protect oil facilities from being engulfed by fire and also to ensure standard best practices in the downstream sector.

According to him, non-compliance can attract suspension of companies or depots from operating or total withdrawal of its operational licences.

“All depot owners must have water sprinklers installed at the loading gantry, product pump house and on all storage tanks.

” They must have oil-water separator installed in facility to separate oil and water spill for quality assurance.

“The depot owners and oil facilities must have lightening arrestors with a large radius coverage meters that could cover the facility installed.

“They must have fire extinguishers of various types strategically positioned within the facility operational and administrative areas,” he said.

Osu added that the safety compliance measure stipulates that every depot must have safety kits and own a functional fire truck, which are mandatory requirements by the agency.

He said the DPR ensured safety and safe operations at the depot right from the time when a company applied for approval to construct, through construction phase and when it was fully operational.

“We ensure that all depots are built based on well reviewed plans that conform with the highest industry safety standards.

” DPR staff is incorporated in the depot project to ensure that it is built according to the approved designs as submitted and vetted by both the DPR and the state’s planning authority

“At completion a joint inspection is conducted to ensure that all safety facilities and equipment are in place.

“The equipment are tested and depot safety staff mobilised and interviewed to make sure that both equipment and personnel are adequate in case of emergency,” Osu added.

He said the DPR also hold periodic meetings with depot owners and managers to review their operations and exchange ideas on how to improve safety in their facilities.

“During operational phase, we station permanent DPR staff at the depot to ensure that operations are conducted as provided under the Mineral Oil Safety Regulations (MOSR) and other regulatory guidance on safe operations of depots.

“Also, we deliberately pegged depot license to one year in order to ensure that we have at least one very comprehensive review of a depot’s operation annually before we renew its operation license,” Osu said.
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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.

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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.

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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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S. Korean president says to seek realistic, practical ways for cooperation with DPRK

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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) upon 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, according to the presidential Blue House.
(XINHUA)

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Lockdown: DPR distributes food items to religious groups, journalists in Ogun

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Abeokuta Field Office, on Sunday distributed food items to religious stakeholders and journalists in Ogun, as part of efforts to cushion the effects of lockdown.

The Operations Controller, Mrs Muinat Bello-Zagi, represented by Head, Downstream, DPR Abeokuta, Rotimi Fadeyi, handed over the food items to the leadership of mosques, churches and media houses for onward distribution in Abeokuta

Bello-Zagi said that the gesture was meant to assist journalists who were at frontline of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic and the vulnerable groups in the state.

She, however, urged stakeholders to create an organic food garden in their houses to avert impending hunger.

Bello-Zagi advised residents to adhere strictly to all measures in containing the spread of the virus by staying at home, observe physical distancing, use of face masks and proper hand washing.

“We would also like to urge our stakeholders and people in general to look inwards by having organic food garden in their houses or in their vicinity to ensure abundance of food.

“We have started this in our office here in Abeokuta and we want people to imbibe this culture.

“This is to avert impending hunger that may occur in the country after the coronavirus pandemic,” she said.

In her remark, Mrs Funmi Wakama, the General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Abeokuta, applauded DPR for giving palliatives to journalists, who, were often forgotten by the public.

“We are at the frontline of the battle against COVID-19 but people tend to forget us.

‘“We educate people on prevention. Honestly, people forget us, thinking we are doing our jobs.

“So, we thank DPR for coming to our aid.

“We are going to distribute these food items to our staff who have been at the frontline reporting COVID-19 and educating the public,” she said.

Responding, the Deputy Imam at Okebode Mosque, Abeokuta, Abdulhakeem Alabi and Pastor Babakemi Victor, said the DPR donation of food items was unexpected.

They, however, said that it would go a long way in helping their members and promised to share and use it judiciously.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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DPRK premier inspects various units to boost production

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Kim Jae Ryong, premier of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has visited various units in the country in recent days to boost production, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported late Friday.

Kim, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, visited South Hwanghae Province in the southwestern part of the country and urged local workers to revitalize production.

When inspecting the Jangsong youth single-stage water pumping station and waterway for desalting Lake Kangryong, the premier stressed the need to ensure a full supply of equipment and materials to step up the project and protect its embankment by planting trees of good species, KCNA said, without specifying the date of the inspection.
(XINHUA)

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DPRK leader Kim Jong Un sends thank-you message to Syria’s Al-Assad

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Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), sent a message to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Wednesday to thank the latter for his note on Kim’s grandfather’s birth anniversary, KCNA reported.

On Wednesday, the DPRK marked the 108 birth anniversary of its founder Kim Il Sung, grandfather of Kim Jong Un.

In his message, the DPRK leader said the DPRK-Syria friendly and cooperative ties would grow stronger, adding that he wished the Syrian president good health and greater success.
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DPR sanctions 15 filling stations in Bauchi over breach of safety rules

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The Bauchi office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said it had sanctioned no fewer than 15 filling stations for failure to comply with safety regulations.

Malam Abdullahi Iliyasu, the DPR Operations Controller stated this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency   on Thursday in Bauchi.

He said the deployment of safety facilities at Filling Stations  like fire extinguishers, sand buckets and other relevant safety instruments, was mandatory, adding that failure to provide same attracted sanctions.

He said the affected filling stations were compelled to provide the safety measures, apart from the fines they were made to pay for default, saying  that the department would no longer condone violation of safety rules in the industry.

Meanwhile, Iliyasu said all the 600 existing filling stations in the state had since complied with the current  pump price of N125 per liter of premium motor spirit.

He explained that a recent directive from the Petroleum Product  Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA ) had mandated filling stations to sell the commodity at either N125 or  N123.5 per litre owing to the global fall in prices of petroleum products.

According to him, DPR has achieved 100 per cent compliance level on the new price of the commodity, adding that the cooperation of Independent Petroleum Marketers towards ensuring the implementation  of the new pump price, is commendable.

He said Bauchi  received its supplies from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)  Depot in Gombe, adding that the operations of lifting the commodity had been smooth.

Edited By: Martins Odeh
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Lockdown: DPR wants Niger Govt. to extend time for motorists to purchase fuel

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), in Niger has appealed to the State Government to extend the approved daily operational deadline given petroleum products marketers to sell fuel to motorists in the state.

 

Alhaji Abdullahi Jankara, Operations Controller of DPR in the state made the appeal during an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Minna on Friday.

 

“We have written to the Niger state government to increase the time allowed by motorists and other people to purchase fuel daily.

 

“The reason is to enable the DPR to monitor activities at the petrol stations effectively and avoid overcrowding to prevent Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19),” he said.

 

Jankara said that petroleum marketers in the state were only allowed to sell products to motorists and other people between the hours of 7am and 10am daily.

 

He said that two weeks into the state government’s movement restriction order, the DPR had reviewed its activities and found out that there was need to extend the approved three hours given to petroleum marketers to operate.

 

“We have been going out to monitor filling stations and we found out that people crowd the various filling stations due to the short time given to the petroleum marketers to operate daily,” he said.

The DPR Controller said that the major oil marketers in Minna had complied with the Federal Government’s directive for reduction of pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to between N125 and N123.50k against the old prices of between N145 and N143 per litre.

 

“The major oil marketers in Minna have complied with the directive, except for two marketers who we sanctioned and they have since corrected their mistake,” he said.

 

He said that the Department was concentrating its operations within the urban areas of the state until after the restriction order would have been relaxed before they could move into the rural areas.

 

Jankara said that DPR would in no time come up with Smart Inspection with the aid of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to monitor the activities of oil marketers across the country.

 

He said that the measure was to ensure that they complied with the guidelines and regulations of the DPR.

 

NAN recalls that the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, had on March 23, imposed curfew in the state, forbidding movements between the hours of 8am and 8pm.

 

He noted that the curfew which came into effect on March 25 was part of government’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

 

The Governor, however, relaxed the curfew and shifted the restricted time from 8am to 10 am and until 8pm daily to afford members of public more time to meet their daily needs without clustering together.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Donald Ugwu
(NAN)

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Zamfara DPR office cautions public against panic buying

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)

has cautioned members of the public in Zamfara against panic buying of petroleum products as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Controller, Gusau DPR Field Office, Alhaji Yusuf Shehu gave the advice on Friday during surveillance patrol on filling stations in Gusau, the state capital.

Shehu said the department has the responsibility of monitoring filling stations to ensure that the petroleum products were made available to Nigerians and sold at government official pump price.

“You know since last week, we embarked on monitoring filling stations to ensure compliance to the Federal Government’s directive of new petrol pump price of N123.50.

“We noticed some members of the public embarked on panic buying of the product over fear of scarcity due to COVID-19,” he said.

Shehu urged residents of the state to remain calm, as the Federal Government had made adequate arrangements to provide enough petrol to the public, inspite the COVID-19 challenges.

“l am sure with the arrangement made by govenment, there will be no scarcity of the commodity.

“You know, we are facing COVID-19 challenges globally, which resulted into restriction of movement, inter-state shutdown, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Some members of the public thought this may cause scarcity of the commodity, that is why they embarked on panic buying of the products,” he explained.

Shehu also warned filling stations to shun hoarding practices, saying that anybody found wanting would be dealt with according to the rules and regulations of the department.

The Controller commended filling stations in the state for complying with the government’s directives.

“Based on our records, almost 70 per cent of the stations in the state complied with the directives, while the remaining 30 per cent have exhausted their products,” he said. 

Edited By: Kabir Muhammad/Oluwole Sogunle
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DPR to sanction filling stations exploiting coronavirus situation to hike petroleum product prices

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Borno Zonal Office, has threatened to sanction filling stations exploiting the coronavirus situation to hoard or hike the prices of products in the state.

The DPR Zonal Operation Controller, North-East, Mr Ibrahim Ciroma issued the threat at a news conference in Maiduguri on Thursday.

Ciroma said that some marketers were exploiting the coronavirus concerns to inflate the fuel price and force it on buyers engaged in panic-buying for fear of scarcity.

“When you under dispense for each tank that you have, if you have ten pumps, we will charge N100,000 for each; you will pay N1million.

“If you do it for the second time, we will seal your station for two or three weeks without business.

“And if you persist, we can withdraw our license, and your filling station will no longer be functioning,” he said.

According to him, all DPR staff in the zone have been deployed on surveillance to ensure sales and enforce compliance with the new petrol pump price.

The zonal controller said that the department identified some filling stations that were found to have hoarded products and forced them to reopen and sell to the public.

He explained that only 47 trucks were supplied to Borno and Yobe states in the past one week, a situation which he said was responsible for some of the long queues seen at some filing stations in the metropolis.

According to him, another factor that contributed to the hickups was the inter-state lockdown across the country which affected access of trucks to Maiduguri.

“We have a substantial volume of the product now. People should not panic as we received 23 trucks on Wednesday.

“We are also expecting 10 trucks from Gombe and additional 100 trucks in a few weeks,” he said.

He also said that a channel of communication had been created between DPR, Borno government, and members of the public for smooth flow of information on fuel supply.

Also speaking, Alhaji Mohammed Kuluwu, the Borno Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), attributed the scarcity of the product to the fall in the rate of supply.

“Marketers lost about N900,000 per truck following the reduction of the pump price petrol to N125 per litre.

NAN recalled that Gov. Babagana Umara Zulum had on Tuesday in Maiduguri, stormed some filling stations accused of hoarding fuel, a development that led to the revocation of their Right of Occupancy by the governor.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Emmanuel Yashim
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Sokoto govt lauds DPR on fuel availability, warns against price hike

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Sokoto State Government on Thursday commended Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) over fuel availability in the state and warned marketers against selling products above regulated price.

Alhaji Chika Umar, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce made the commendation during a visit to Mr Muhammad Makers, DPR’s Field Controller in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi.

Umar said he led government delegation over products scarcity in the last four days and expressed delight with assurance from DPR for improvement in the coming days.

”After monitoring the situation in the metropolis on Thursday, I felt we should return to DPR and expressed appreciation over improved fuel availability in the state ” he said.

The permanent secretary called on marketers to desist from hoarding products and selling above government approved price.

Responding, Makera said that 88 trucks of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)  were allocated to the state between Monday and Wednesday, so, there was no reason for scarcity.

” On March 30, the state got 35 trucks of PMS, 31 trucks on March 31 and 22 trucks on April 1.

” Out of these figure, on Monday, 24 trucks was for Sokoto, Tuesday, 23 trucks while 19 trucks on Wednesday also for Sokoto township ” Makera said.

He noted that measures were in place to ensure strict compliance as punishments awaits any defaulting marketer.

According to him, DPR has intensified surveillance on fuel stations to ensure  availability in Sokoto and Kebbi.

Makera urged fuel marketers and the general public to adhere to safety guidelines on containing the spread of Coronavirus.

He said that filling stations must ensure customers abide by the social distancing measure while queuing to buy fuel.

He also urged them to provide hand sanitisers and face masks at their stations.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and Isaac Ukpoju
(NAN)

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New petrol pump price: DPR seals 2 fuel stations in Bayelsa

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The Bayelsa field office of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), on Wednesday, sealed two fuel stations for dispensing petrol above the new pump price of N125 per litre.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the Federal Government had, on March 18, announced the reduction of the pump price of petrol from N145 to N125 per litre, to reflect the fall in crude oil prices.

NAN also reports that the pump price was, on Tuesday night, further reduced by 1.50k per litre, making the new price to be N123.50 per litre.

The DPR officials in the state, however, said that they had yet to receive directive on the latest review.

Speaking with newsmen after the surveillance exercise, Mr George Ene-Ita, the Operations Controller of DPR, said that while one of the sanctioned stations sold petrol at the old price of N145, the second was shut for grossly under dispensing.

Ene-Ita said that DPR was poised to enforcing the new price of petrol by the Federal Government, which, he said, was aimed at bringing relief to Nigerians, adding that it had intensified surveillance patrols.

He said that the agency was working to ensure the availability of the product despite the lockdown, occasioned by the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, stressing that marketers were being encouraged to maintain safety guidelines.

“We are working hard amidst the current challenges of this time of national emergency, which cuts across international boundaries, to ensure that petrol was available at approved pump prices.

“Our aim is to enforce the price reduction from N145 to N125 per litre, and from our findings, the rate of compliance is quite high in Bayelsa. Our attention is also on checking under-dispensing.

“We sanctioned some stations, where some of their pumps under-dispensed by sealing the erring pumps and allowing the accurate pumps to dispense rather than outright shutdown, to ensure product availability at this crucial time.

“In playing our regulatory roles, we shall not hesitate to wield the big stick by imposing appropriate sanctions on any erring pump, which is a fine of N100,000 per pump,” Ene-Ita said.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro and
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COVID-19 lockdown: DPR monitors filling stations, warns against hoarding

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Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Tuesday urged oil marketers to ensure distribution of petroleum products even with the stay at home order meant to check Coronavirus spread in the country.

The DPR Abuja Zonal Director, Mr Buba Abubakar, gave this advice at the DPR reinforcement of sales and distribution of petroleum products in Abuja.

He said that any filling station found hoarding products would be sanctioned, adding that Nigerians should avoid panic buying of products.

According to him, stock piling of products at home remains volatile with the current weather temperature.

“Any filling station, we found not selling, first, we will find out why it was not selling if they have products, then if the excuse is not genuine, we will seal it up.

“My general assessment is that everything is okay.

”Nigerians should not go into panic buying, we are seriously trying to stop people from buying with Jerry cans because of the temperature we have today, it is dangerous.

“There is availability of products, people are working, sales are ongoing, there is no cause for alarm,’’ he said

Abubakar said that the DPR had made adequate arrangement to ensure availability of products to dispense to Nigerians even in the hinterland.

“We have our surveillance team, if we get any call, remember our numbers are on our website.

”So, if we get any call, we will dispatch people to anywhere within the Abuja and its environs,” he said.

Abubakar while commenting on the depots shutting down, said the depots were at work, and  that the DPR and Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) had stationed their representatives at various depots to monitor development

“We have reps and the depots are working 24 hours from the ships that brought the fuel to the tank farm, to the retail outlet.

”we have DPR, PPPRA representatives, along all value chain, we have our reps for enforcement,’’ he added

Nigeria News Agency reports that some of the filling stations visited by the team in the FCT were opened but had low patronage as Nigerians complied with the stay-at-home order by the government.

At Conoil in Kado Estate, the Manager, Mr Godwin Aghogho, said that the station opened at around 7 a.m. but had low patronage.

He said that they had adequate products and would continue to dispense to people who come to buy.

At Another Conoil station Opposite the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, NAN observed that it was dispensing with two petrol pumps with government official vehicles in queue to buy the products.

The Manager of the station Mr Lawrence Ogbagha, said that some of its staff was unable to come to work due to restrictions by police and transportation challenge.

“As you can see, we are selling but the only problem we are having is that some of the security  men on the road, when you show them your ID card that you are working with filling stations, they say no that federal government did approve filling stations to open.

“Some of my staff cannot come and that is why all my pumps are not dispensing.

“Another issue is transportation, some of us have car to move around, most of the pump attendants don’t have cars that is major challenge,’’ he said.

Ogbagha noted that it opened sales for the day with 66,050 litres of petrol, adding that it had two trucks on ground yet to be discharged.

He assured that station had enough products to dispense to Nigerian at all times.

Also, at Total filling station at the Central Business District, the Assistant Manager, Mr Bature Yaki, said that it had 33,000 litres of petrol and was currently discharging a truck.

“We are not selling now because we are discharging, this is security style.

”We have been selling before the trucks came. After discharging, we will restart selling,’’ he said

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Felix Ajide
(NAN)

 

 

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COVID-19: DPR intensifies surveillance on fuel stations, urges safety compliance

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has intensified surveillance on fuel stations to ensure fuel availability in Sokoto and Kebbi states.

The DPR Field Controller in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi states, Mr Muhammad Makera, told Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday.

Makera urged fuel marketers and the general public to adhere to safety guides on containing the spread of Coronavirus.

He said filling stations must ensure customers abide by the social distancing measure while queuing to buy fuel.

He also urged them to provide sanitizers and face masks at their stations.

The Controller noted that congestion notice in some filling stations were not in Sokoto and Kebbi alone as the situation affected different parts in the country.

According to him, lifting of products have resumed fully as no fewer that 84 trucks were loaded for Sokoto and Kebbi states.

” 35 trucks were allocated to Sokoto state and 49 trucks to Kebbi state out of which 24 is for Sokoto metropolis while 11 for Birnin Kebbi town ” Makera said.

He said fuel disparities notice in some stations also might be connected to old stuck, however, with the present lifting all stations must sell at the Federal Government’s reduced price of N125 litres.

He warned fuel marketers against diverting, hoarding or over pricing, saying anyone found wanting would not be spared.

He also called on the public to report any wrongdoing by filling stations in the state.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
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Lockdown: don’t store petroleum products, Ogun DPR tells residents

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Abeokuta Field Office, has warned the public not to store petroleum products or engage in panic buying during the lockdown.

The Operations Controller, Mrs Muinat Bello-Zagi, gave the warning in a statement on Tuesday in Abeokuta.

She said that there was no cause for alarm as all depots are loading and petroleum products would be available all through.

She also urged consumers of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) also known as cooking gas to patronise only licensed plants while also discouraging transfers and decanting by gas retailers.

Bello-Zagi cautioned people against using sanitisers close to any source of ignition or in the kitchen.

“We’re pleading with our people to shun panic buying and storage of petroleum products in their houses. There’s no reason to do that. There’s enough product and all the depots are loading.

“The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Chairman, Mosimi, Otunba Femi Adelaja, has assured us of his members’ commitment to the availability of products.

“People should also desist from buying petrol inside polythene bags or plastic bottles. These are unsafe practices.

“In the course of our surveillance, we’ve also noticed that some people overzealously make use of hand sanitizers.

“Some even rub it on their body. This is quite unsafe because it contains alcohol which could cause fire incidents,” she said.

Bello-Zagi also urged members of the public to check enabling laws and guidelines before delving into the oil and gas business.

“Intending operators are advised to log on to the DPR website; www.dpr.gov.ng for more information just as LPG operators too should submit their applications online via elps.dpr.gov.ng.

“We also encourage members of the public to report any unsafe act at any oil and gas installations during and after the lockdown,” she added.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Maharazu Ahmed
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