By Princewill Ekwujuru
Lubricant Producers Association of Nigeria, (LUPAN) has proposed committee of key stakeholders and regulatory agencies like Directorate of Petroleum Resources, (DPR), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigerian Custom Service NCS) and LUPAN, to help stem influx of substandard and fake lubricants.
LUPAN made this resolution when it visited DPR through where Mr. Emeka Obidike, LUPAN, Executive secretary, said the Association’s concerns over was what he called threat to the lubricant industry by the indiscriminate importation of substandard lubricants and the faking/adulteration of member’s products.
He further said that the problems threatening the lubricant industry are instances where base oil, (the chief ingredient for oil production) is being packaged and sold as blended product.
He therefore proposed a committee to be set up comprising of key stakeholders and relevant regulatory agencies like DPR, SON, Nigerian Custom, LUPAN, MOMAN amongst others to be saddle with the responsibility of ensuring importers comply to set standards and regulations.
He also requested for a policy or regime whereby all importers of finished lubricants will be duly authorised by DPR using criteria like the granting of import permit for lubricants, importer’s full data, analysis report on each products, list of products among other key issues.
Contributing, Mr. Isiguzo Isaac, General Manager, Operations of Dozzy Oil & Gas who led the visit to DPR said that the solutions to deal with the menace within the reach of the agencies that necessitated the visit.
The DPR Managing Director who was represented by Mr. Olumide Adeleke, Head Pipeline and Installations commended LUPAN’s initiative and said that to seek a common ground on solutions to tackle the menace which portends danger to users of petroleum products, the nation’s economy, which could also crippled the local industry if urgent steps were not taken to arrest the disturbing trend was a welcomed development.
“I am proud to associate with this progressive association called LUPAN, and their effort in sanitizing the petroleum industry is a collective fight that we all must support. In as much as we are clamouring for standards to be adhered to by manufacturers and consumers to get value for their money, we must be civic about how we go about the fight and this visit is a step that LUPAN knows exactly what they are doing”. Adeleke said.