Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has given a three months’ window for owners of petroleum products retailing outlets in Lagos Zone to renew and regularize their operating licenses.
Mr Ayorinde Cardoso, Zonal Operations Controller, DPR, Lagos, confirmed the development last week in Lagos.
DPR taskforce team had during a surveillance exercise shut down a total of 140 filling stations and 27 gas plants for operating without valid licenses
However, Cardoso said the DPR decided to permit the owners of the petroleum products retail outlets to reopen for business following interventions by industry stakeholders.
He said the regulatory agency had met with the representatives of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) over the issue.
“The affected operators have been given a three months window for the renewal/regularization of their operating licenses within the zone.
“This is in line with the department’s drive of being a business enabler and opportunity house.” He added that the DPR would continue to ensure safety in the selling and distribution of petroleum products to reduce incidents of explosion in the state. DPR taskforce teams had during the two-day exercise visited a total of 380 facilities and had sealed 140 filling stations and 27 gas plants for operating without valid licenses.
He assured that the DPR would continue to ensure safety in selling and distribution of petroleum products to reduce incidents of explosion in the state.
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