The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Wednesday sealed five gas stations for operating without valid license in Kabba town and environs.
The operation controller, DPR Lokoja field office, Engr. Idris Zangi Mohammed, who led the operations during the surveillance exercise to the gas stations in Kabba, Kabba-Bunu local government area of Kogi state, lamented that some of the gas stations in the area operated very close to schools and residential areas thereby constituting danger to the people living in the environment.
“In the cause of discharging our statutory obligations of ensuring that gas marketers in the state comply with the laid down procedures and regulations of DPR, our surveillance team moved to Kabba town and discovered that five gas stations ran afoul of the law.
“Some of the cooking gas stations operate in illegal environment and we are able to seal two AOC gas stations along Iya junction in Kabba for operating without license and the station was built on combustible materials. A gas station sited on NTA road in the same town was sealed in November 2019 for operating illegally but selling the product secretly. We have resealed the station.
“Also sealed are two branches of Bolaat cooking gas stations at AP filling station in Kabba and Aiyetoro Gbede for lack of operation license. A gas station located at Kolode Quarters very close to Saint Paul Primary School, was sealed for operating at residential area,” the DPR controller said.
While advising the operators of gas stations in the town to go to DPR, Lokoja office to enable the agency inspect their facilities, Engr Mohammed warned that the marketers cannot operate gas stations without adhering to the lay down procedure of the agency.
“It is a must for marketers to comply with the law or they close their businesses. In as much as the government want them to operate, it is imperative in the interest of the safety of Nigerian citizens to operate within the ambit of the law.
“There is a guideline that stipulated distance between the source of heat and the gas stations. We will revisit the guideline and do the needful to cut sharp practices,” he stated.