By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS—PETROLEUM and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, weekend, raised alarm over the circulation of adulterated diesel in the country and called on all relevant agencies of the government saddled with the responsibility of monitoring and supervision of the distribution of the product to apprehend the situation and saboteurs without delay.

The umbrella body for senior oil workers in the country, said unnamed economic saboteurs were behind the circulation of the adulterated diesel to enable them make high profits at the expense of the wellbeing of Nigerians.

PENGASSAN President, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, alleged that some marketers mixed products allocated to them either by the NNPC at their tank farms before loading into tankers for onward transportation to different fuel stations across the country.

He said that these marketers, especially  independent owners, were involved in this nefarious activity that damages engines.

His said: “These unscrupulous marketers are so neck deep in corruption in terms of shortchanging Nigerians and making high margin on diesel that was allocated to them from the depots.

‘Rice’ & ‘beans’

“They mix the diesel with either water or kerosene, popularly called rice and beans.

The end result of this is breakdown of all mechanical engines like vehicles, trucks, trailers and other articulators.”

Comrade Ogun called on the supervisory agencies, especially the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to ensure that perpetrators of this heinous act of economic sabotage were arrested and sanctioned accordingly.

He urged DPR to, without delay, embark on inspection of fuel stations as a way of checking this economic sabotage.

Previous experience

About two months ago, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, arrested some suspected fuel adulterators in Lagos and handed them over to the Police.

The suspects were allegedly released later by the Police, which led to the refusal of members of NUPENG to lift fuel in all depots in Lagos and its environs by way of protest.

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