By Emmanuel Ajibulu
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says improper handling and adulteration are the causes of kerosene explosions in the country.
The DPR spoke when the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream, led by the Chairman, Hon Joseph Akinlaja, paid an oversight visit to the government establishment. The visitors had requested for information on kerosene explosions and the sources of adulteration in private depots.
On Apapa crazy traffic, Akinlaja asked the DPR to provide a workable roadmap on how the area could be decongested.
He called on the authorities to empower the DPR, especially in the area of fiscal allocation, for it to carry out its responsibility of ensuring that petroleum products imported by marketers meet quality and safety standards to avoid explosions and economic sabotage.
While making reference to how DPR turned back vessels identified to be carrying adulterated products, Akinlaja tasked the government agency to provide detailed information and to also give day-by-day records on the volume of crude Nigeria produces and imports on daily basis.