Don’t tamper with NMDPRA seals – IPMAN warns marketers in Kogi

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has warned marketers in Kogi State to stop tampering with seals belonging to the Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA).

IPMAN chairman in Kogi State, Hon. Mejid Okomanyi, gave the warning when he met with the State Coordinator of NMDPRA, Engr. Orit Godwin, on Monday.

He noted that the warning became necessary in view of the unfolding event that led to the arrest of 12 marketers for allegedly removing seals and harassing the NMDPRA surveillance team while on duty.

He described the act of removing NMDPRA seals as unlawful, noting that the body is committed to upholding the rules guiding the Nigeria downstream sector.

Okomanyi appealed to the management of NMDPRA to temper justice with mercy, assuring that, henceforth, all members of IPMAN who are found wanting will face the full wrath of the law.

He assured that both bodies would collaborate to weed out any marketer engaging in sharp practices across the 21 local governments of the State.

Responding, Godwin said Operation Show Your Storage and Sales Licence is on course in Kogi State.

While noting that it is no longer business as usual, he averred that the agency is not out to witch-hunt any marketer, but rather ensure that those engaging in illegal practices are shown the exit door.

He appealed to marketers with valid licences to continue to discharge their duties effectively without tampering with their meters or under dispensing to the public.

“The agency will not condole any form of sharp practices from any marketers in Kogi State. Any Marketers caught will not be spared. They will be sanctioned accordingly without fear or favour. I am using this medium to appeal to IPMAN to tell their members to stop any action that would put them into trouble.

“Also, safety should be their watchword. Fire extinguishers must be checked to ensure that all fire extinguishers that are expired are renewed. Good signage, no smoking signs, and proper checking of underground storage tanks, especially during this rainy season, to avoid seepages or water ingress into the products underground to avoid damage to vehicles and machinery.

“All malfunctioning pumps must be decommissioned, fixed, or repaired as the agency will not entertain any form of excuse,” he stated.


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