By Vincent Ekhoragbon
Gombe—Petroleum marketers have been told to key into the present administration’s anti-corruption agenda by approaching the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, directly for their needs instead of going through third parties.
Adullahi Abawa, Controller, DPR, Gombe Field Operations, stated this during the sensitisation of petroleum marketers in the state on the newly-introduced online applications and operations of the department.
He said the idea of going online was to truncate the bureaucracy and delay involved in marketers’ registration and renewal of licenses processes, while cutting off the far-reaching negative activities of the third parties in the chain.
He said the online activities will commence immediately, but will go on side-by-side with the usual manual approach until such a time that all stakeholders will be used to the new innovation.
In their different remarks, representatives of both major and independent marketers commended the innovation, saying it will save a lot of embarrassment and time.
They said marketers in Gombe State had suffered heavy losses through dealing with third parties and setbacks in the area of registration.
Earlier, the DPR Head of Gombe Field Operations, Amos Bernard, cautioned on the need to adhere to safety precautions and to train workers for effective discharge of their duties.