Yule­tide: DPR warns against stock­pil­ing petroleum prod­ucts

The Punch - - BUSINESS & ECONOMY - Samp­son Itode, Port Har­court

THE De­part­ment of Petroleum Re­sources has warned Nige­ri­ans to re­sist the temp­ta­tion of stock­pil­ing petroleum prod­ucts at home, say­ing that there would be no fuel scarcity be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the Yule­tide.

DPR Zonal Op­er­a­tions Con­troller, Port Har­court Zone, Mr Utuk Nkanga, is­sued the warn­ing dur­ing the 2019 an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of de­pot op­er­a­tors and petroleum prod­ucts mar­keters.

Nkanga urged Nige­ri­ans not to en­gage in panic-buy­ing of petroleum prod­ucts and main­tained that there was a large stock of prod­ucts that would last the next three months.

He said, “I want to pass the mes­sage of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to the pub­lic; in this fes­tive sea­son, peo­ple should not panic-buy petroleum prod­ucts be­cause there are ad­e­quate prod­ucts across the na­tion.

“There is a high level of suf­fi­ciency that can sus­tain us. Even if no prod­uct is supplied, we can still be sta­bilised for over three months. Petroleum prod­ucts are supplied steadily.

“No­body should be in­volved in panic buy­ing; don’t be afraid for the fact that we are en­ter­ing the fes­tive pe­riod and that there is likely to be a scarcity; noth­ing like that will hap­pen.”

Nkanga dis­missed claims in some quar­ters about the ex­is­tence of adul­ter­ated pre­mium mo­tor spirit in Rivers State petrol out­lets.

He ex­plained that con­trary to the claims, the PMS in all petrol sta­tions in the state had gone through qual­ity checks and had been cer­ti­fied for con­sump­tion.

Nkanga said, “The de­part­ment has been no­ti­fied of the sale of adul­ter­ated petroleum prod­ucts.

“We have had al­most three cases of re­port of adul­ter­ated prod­ucts, while 96 per cent of the alerts were not cor­rect, es­pe­cially those that make re­port on petroleum mo­tor spirit. We dis­cov­ered that there was no adul­ter­ated prod­uct in Rivers State.

“We want to as­sure cus­tomers at this time that any prod­uct sold at the petrol sta­tions has gone through qual­ity checks at the de­pots.

“We do not al­low any adul­ter­ated prod­uct to get into fill­ing sta­tions. So, what­ever prod­ucts you are buy­ing at the fill­ing sta­tion, know that you are buy­ing qual­ity prod­ucts.”

The DPR Zonal Op­er­a­tions Con­troller fur­ther urged petroleum mar­keters to train and re­train their staff in safety, fire-fight­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions in or­der to avert ac­ci­dents in the com­ing year.

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