DPR extends clampdown on illegal gas stations to Osun

DPR officials sealing petrol station in Warri – photo NAN

FILE PHOTO: DPR officials sealing a petrol station.

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DPR officers.

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has sealed 15 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) skid stations in Osun for operating without valid license.

Mr Ademola Makinde, DPR’s Operations Controller, who disclosed this on Sunday in Osogbo, said the stations were sealed during routine surveillance by the department in the state.

Makinde said the department had commenced a total clampdown on illegal gas stations for the safety of gas users in the country.

The Controller added that the agency would continue to intensify its surveillance operation in Osun state.

Makinde, who decried the recent Kaduna gas explosion, said DPR was ready to shut every illegal gas plant and skid operators in the state.

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“We will continue to clamp down on illegal gas skid in the state for the safety of our people. The only recognised operators are refilling gas plants and stand-alone gas stations with valid licences.

“We cannot allow people to be making money at the expense of the lives of the people.

“There are basic safety rules and procedures to be followed in LPG business and those who are not ready to follow this will not be allowed to remain in business.

“DPR is a regulatory body and there are regulations binding the operations of gas plants which must be maintained by the operators,” Makinde said.

The controller said that every nooks and crannies of the state would be visited by DPR officials.