By Udueme Clement
An indigenous firm operating in the oil and gas sector of Nigeria’s economy, Rahamaniya Oil and Gas, assures of appropriate security measures in its jetty situated at Apapa area of Lagos State.
The depot manager, Mr. Bala Usman Danmanu, gave this assurance, following the recent inspection of the facility by the Federal Ministry Transport.
Danmanu, who commended government for carrying out thorough inspection of jetties within Lagos to ensure high safety standards, explained that his company is running its jetty in compliance with appropriate directives from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). “We have approval from DPR for handling petroleum products like, petrol, diesel and kerosene and the approval would expired in December 2010, after which our company would ensure prompt renewal”, he said.
Giving insight into the operations of the company, he said, “The issue of safety is very important in managing a jetty and that is why we acquired International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code, which has to do with not just local but global security measures.
It gives maximum security and it is issued with two years certificate of compliance by the Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security (PICOMSS), which is the body authourised to issue the document.
“Our operations are mostly downstream and the company has seven storage tanks of petroleum products with the capacity of 10million litres for each tank.
We have three vessels and over 200 trucks for effective products distribution. While our mega station is in Abuja , we have many service stations across the country where the products are sold to the end users.
To ensure safety in our operations, we have three fire pumps, two sources of water from our tank with the capacity of 2milion litres and unlimited source of water from the sea close to the depot.”
On the requirement of government that every jetty must ensure close supervision by the officials of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), he stated, “NPA officials and personnel from other security agencies of government are very close to the depot and they monitor the activities of the company even when products are being discharged from the vessels.
Aside from that, we have trained fire men and we also carry out external training which external consultants are involved”.
The depot manager pointed out that the initiative of government to tour private jetties in Lagos was a welcome development and would enhance transparency in the activities of companies operating in the sector.