DPR, NSCDC tackle il­le­gal gas re­tail­ers in Kaduna

The Punch - - NEWS - God­win Isenyo, Kaduna

The Depart­ment of Petroleum Re­sources will col­lab­o­rate with the Nige­ria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps to tackle the ac­tiv­i­ties of il­le­gal re­tail gas op­er­a­tors in Kaduna State.

This is com­ing on the heels of Gover­nor Nasir el­ri­fai’s or­der for the clo­sure of all gas re­tail sta­tions within res­i­den­tial ar­eas across the state.

The DPR, while on a visit to the scene of Satur­day’s gas ex­plo­sion at the Sabon Tasha area in the Chikun Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state, had said it would clamp down on il­le­gal gas re­tail op­er­a­tors across the state.

In or­der to ac­tu­alise this, the DPR North-west Op­er­a­tional Con­troller, Al­haji Isa Tafida, while on a cour­tesy visit to the state Com­man­dant of the NCDC, Ba­bangida Dutsinma, sealed a deal with the out­fit to tackle the men­ace in the state.

The state Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of Civil De­fence Corps, Orndiir Terzungwe, made this known on Thurs­day shortly af­ter Tafida’s cour­tesy visit the DPR boss to the state com­man­dant.

The DPR boss was quoted to have re­marked that the ac­tiv­i­ties of il­le­gal gas re­tail­ers had as­sumed a wor­ri­some di­men­sion and the agency needed a closer tie with the se­cu­rity out­fit to avert any dis­as­ter in the fu­ture.

“The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion re­quires a closer work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the DPR and NSCDC to con­tain the ex­cesses of un­li­censed op­er­a­tors,” Tafida said.

Mean­while, the Zonal Con­troller said the of­fice had li­censed only 38 gas plants in Kaduna and he frowned on the ac­tiv­i­ties of il­le­gal gas re­fill­ing out­lets in the state.

Ac­cord­ing to Tafida, the DPR is em­bark­ing on a sen­si­ti­sa­tion cam­paign to en­lighten the pub­lic on how to use gas and where to get it, in sup­port of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pol­icy to en­cour­age its us­age as a source of en­ergy for cook­ing.

he noted that the Fed­eral Govern­ment en­cour­aged the util­i­sa­tion of cook­ing gas as an al­ter­na­tive to re­duce over de­pen­dence on fire­wood, con­sid­er­ing the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Tafida said since Nige­ria is a ma­jor pro­ducer of gas in Africa and 4th pro­ducer and ex­porter glob­ally, Nige­ri­ans should rely on it for en­ergy.

Re­spond­ing, the com­man­dant com­mended the DPR for its ef­forts to pro­tect the na­tion’s econ­omy.

Against this back­ground, Dutsinma pledged the agency’s sup­port to­wards the sen­si­ti­sa­tion pro­gramme by pro­vid­ing “se­cu­rity dur­ing en­force­ment, sur­veil­lance and in­spec­tion ex­er­cises, which will be taken to all lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas.”

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