Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Federal Fire Service (FFS), have warned illegal cooking gas skid operators and filing stations in Osun to regularise their operations or risk being shut.
Mr Ademola Makinde, DPR’s Operations Controller in Osogbo, gave the warning during a fire drill demonstration by the Federal Fire Service at the department office on Friday.
Makinde, who noted that many of the cooking gas sellers in the state were operating without licence, said there was need for the fire service to ensure that gas skid operators comply with rules before issuing them certificates to operate.
He said DPR would continue on its routine surveillance at ensuring that all gas skid operators conform with the laws and operational guidelines.
“Although our activities here in Osun is limited to down stream and gas, but this come with many hazards.
“That is why we need the support of the fire service in fire disaster management.
“It is very disheartening that many people sell gas in open places as well as residential areas without minding the danger attached.
“But we will continue to clamp down on them until they conform with the rules”, Makinde said.
Noting that there was a cordial relationship between DPR and the fire service, he said the department would continue to collaborate with the service on fire disaster management.
In his remarks, Mr Babatunde Obisesan, Deputy Controller, Federal Fire Service, Osun Command, said the operation of illegal gas skid and filing stations needed urgent attention in the state.
According to Obisesan, now that Federal Service is fully operational in Osun, the service will collaborate with DPR in fire risk management at filing stations and gas skids in the state.
He added that the fire service would also carry out an inspection of filing and gas stations to ensure that they have all the necessary fire fighting equipment.
Obisesan said any filing station and gas skid that does have the required equipment will have its certificate withdrawn.
Obisesan added that the fire service would also train DPR staff on fire disaster management.