7 December 2017

Nigeria: DPR Seals NNPC Station Over Safety Lapses in Ogun

Abeokuta — The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) wednesday descended on, and sealed a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) affiliate filling station at Apomu near Ifo, Ogun State for safety lapses.

The monitoring team led by Operations Controller, Abeokuta Field Office, Muinat Bello-Zagi, also sealed a fuel pump at DE Champion filling station, Papalanto, for under-dispensing.

It was gathered that the inspection was a continuous exercise which began on Tuesday as part of DPR routine check on dispensing measures, in terms of quality, quantity as well as safety standard.

Bello-Zagi explained that there was sale of alcohol at the NNPC station and cohabitation with a bar. The DPR boss added that Fire extinguishers at the station had expired and unservicable, while the sand bucket has no sand.

Despite pleas by the station manager to reopen the sealed station for full operations, the supervision team led by Bello-Zagi rebuffed and ordered the sealing of the NNPC, saying "we can unseal it in less than 24 hours if issues observed are properly addressed."

"The NNPC affiliate station was sealed for safety lapses. Why did we seal it? There was no meant to be sale of alcohol in the station. The fire extinguishers have all expired. The sand buckets were without sand. Then we saw some cars being fueled without those cars switching off their ignitions.

"They have to address all those lapses before we can unseal the station. We want everybody who comes to the filling stations goes back home safely," Bello-Zagi who spoke with our reporter, said.

She disclosed that about 35 filling stations were visited during the two-day inspection across Ogun State.

Contrary to the reported fuel queues resurfacing in some cities in Nigeria, Bello-Zagi said filling stations were selling without queues at the stations inspected.


Opposition Chieftain Shot Dead in Lagos

A Chieftain of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Borishade Adeniyi, has been killed. Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 This Day. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.