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  • DPR allays fears of adulterated petroleum products in Bayelsa
  • The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR),
    on Tuesday allayed fears over the purported
    circulation of adulterated and illegally refined
    petroleum products in Bayelsa.
    Mr Asuquo Antai, Operations Controller of DPR
    in Bayelsa, told Newsmen in Yenagoa that
    members of the public who patronise licensed
    fuel stations have nothing to fear.
    He said that the DPR had increased its
    surveillance following recent reports of
    adulterated products in Bayelsa and conducted
    random checks, which indicated that products in
    circulation were of good quality.
    “We got reports that the Bayelsa Government
    Task Force on Petroleum was after filling
    stations purportedly dispensing adulterated
    products in Bayelsa but we investigated and
    found the claim to be untrue.
    “I informed the chairman of the task force that
    DPR was an effective regulator with the technical
    expertise to detect and check the distribution of
    substandard products.
    “It should be noted that petroleum is exclusively
    under the control of the Federal Government,
    even though it is understandable that the state
    government should be concerned about the
    interest of its people.
    “We are not aware of their terms of reference
    and from the way they even go about collecting
    samples in Jerry cans, it is obvious that they
    lack the technical know how because you do not
    collect samples for test in plastic but in bottle,’’
    Antai said.
    He further explained that the activities of illegal
    refineries were worrisome and constantly a
    challenge to the DPR.
    The DPR official said that the agency maintains
    surveillance on licensed stations to ensure that
    illegally refined products do not find its way into
    such outlets.
    According to him, DPR does not regulate
    unlicensed stations.
    He said that the DPR was collaborating with
    security agencies, whose responsibility it was to
    raid and close down such illegal fuel outlets.
    “Unlicensed outlets are out of our scope and
    what happens is that these illegally refined
    products find their ways into unlicensed
    distribution channels, especially those ones at
    the water side run by area boys.
    “We have alerted the relevant security agencies
    who in turn promised to raid such spots on a
    regular basis and because we cannot get there
    to take samples for test we cannot guarantee the
    quality of products dispensed there.
    “So we advise motorists for their own safety to
    source products from authorised distribution
    channels under the watch of DPR,’’ Antai said.
    On the issue of profiteering and sharp practices,
    the controller noted that the DPR shut down four
    fuel outlets in Bayelsa within the past one week.

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