By Godwin Oritse
THE Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and the Standard Organisation (SON), have expressed worry over the quality of petroleum products being sold to Nigerians. just as the two agencies have launched a mobile fuel laboratory with view to checking the adulteration of petroleum products across the country.
Speaking last week at a meeting between the agencies in Lagos, the Director of DPR, Mr Ostein Olorunsola said that the move is geared towards reducing the influx of sub-standard petroleum products into the country, and urged all stakeholders in the oil and gas industry to support the initiative for a better industry and a better economy.
Olorunsola disclosed that the products that will be scrutinized include Premuim Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol, Automated Gas Oil (AGO) popularly called diesel, Kerosene and lubricants.
He noted that adulteration of petroleum products was the worst of all the sharp practices in Nigeria, adding that the trend has caused a lot of damage to engines and machines.
He consequently warned that any outlet caught dispensing adulterated product(s) will be penalised by making monetary payment which will be measured and calculated by the level of adulteration.
He stated that the development has had a debilitating effect on the nation’s economy, adding that there was the need to control the situation.
Also speaking, the Director-General of SON, Mr. Joseph Odumodu, said that adulteration of petroleum products has impacted negatively on the socio-economic life of the nation.
Odumodu noted that cases of explosion are rife resulting in the loss of lives and destruction of property such as cars and equipment
“There is constant breakdown of engines and this constitutes additional drain on personal and corporate resources. Our concern today is to put in place a quality assurance system that will put a stop to these embarrassing and unnecessary incidents.
“All petroleum depots, lubricating and blending plants, liquefied petroleum gas, LPG plants, LPG sale outlets, petrol service stations and surface kerosene sale outlets will be constantly monitored to ensure that products emanating there from conform to safe and acceptable industry standards.
He explained that it is the intention of the agency to create and maintain a database of all such outlets in the country with a view to compiling all test results to a referable database, for ease of tracing of receipts and sale of products for the benefit of government and the people.