DPR seals 11 illegal gas plants, 2 petrol stations in Abuja

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), in Abuja, on Thursday sealed 11 gas plants and two filling stations over sharp practices.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) — also known as cooking gas — plants and the filling stations visited are located in Karimo, Gwagwa, Games Village  kuje  and Gwagwalada.

The LPG operators were said to be operating illegally, while the two petrol stations were sealed for operating without license.

 Mrs Wilkie Roselyn, DPR Abuja Zonal Operations Controller, said that efforts to get the operators to regularise their businesses failed to yield result.

“In today’s exercise, 11 LPG plants were raided in collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Corps (NSCDC); some personnel of these facilities were arrested and they have been handed over to security operatives for prosecution.

“All our effort to get the attention of the facility operators with the view of regularising their business failed to yield desired result.

“DPR cannot sit back and watch the danger the existence of these facilities portends to the and property of citizens.

” This necessitates our going out as the situation arises, to enforce provisions of the relevant laws and regulations for and operation of petroleum products facilities in the downstream sector,” she said.

She said that DPR, as a business enabler, had been engaging petroleum product facility owners to come and be guided on how best to regularise their businesses and operate legally in a environment.

The zonal operations controller called on all facility operators to come forth and regularise their operations by obtaining the necessary license to operate DPR.

This, she said, would ensure protection of investor’s assets and safety of and property.

also that team visited seven fillings stations and sealed 18 petrol pumps for sharp practices.(NAN)