Yuletide: DPR warns against stockpiling petroleum products

The Department of Petroleum Resources has warned Nigerians to resist the temptation of stockpiling petroleum products at home, saying that there would be no fuel scarcity before, during and after the Yuletide.

DPR Zonal Operations Controller, Port Harcourt Zone, Mr Utuk Nkanga, issued the warning during the 2019 annual general meeting of depot operators and petroleum products marketers.

Nkanga urged Nigerians not to engage in panic-buying of petroleum products and maintained that there was a large stock of products that would last the next three months.

He said, “I want to pass the message of the Federal Government to the public; in this festive season, people should not panic-buy petroleum products because there are adequate products across the nation.

“There is a high level of sufficiency that can sustain us. Even if no product is supplied, we can still be stabilised for over three months. Petroleum products are supplied steadily.

“Nobody should be involved in panic buying; don’t be afraid for the fact that we are entering the festive period and that there is likely to be a scarcity; nothing like that will happen.”

Nkanga dismissed claims in some quarters about the existence of adulterated premium motor spirit in Rivers State petrol outlets.

He explained that contrary to the claims, the PMS in all petrol stations in the state had gone through quality checks and had been certified for consumption.

Nkanga said, “The department has been notified of the sale of adulterated petroleum products.

“We have had almost three cases of report of adulterated products, while 96 per cent of the alerts were not correct, especially those that make report on petroleum motor spirit. We discovered that there was no adulterated product in Rivers State.

“We want to assure customers at this time that any product sold at the petrol stations has gone through quality checks at the depots.

“We do not allow any adulterated product to get into filling stations. So, whatever products you are buying at the filling station, know that you are buying quality products.”

The DPR Zonal Operations Controller further urged petroleum marketers to train and retrain their staff in safety, fire-fighting and public relations in order to avert accidents in the coming year.
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