The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has warned members of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and tanker drivers in Osun against fuel diversion in the state.
Mr Ademola Makinde, DPR’s Operations Controller in Osun gave the warning at the maiden sensitisation workshop for IPMAN members on Thursday in Ile-Ife, Osun.
The workshop has as theme ” Oil and Gas Safe Practices: My Civic Obligation”.
Makinde said that such act attracts a fine of N200 per litre of fuel diverted from the state or town it was intended to be supplied to.
The controller urged IPMAN members to always indicate on their way bill at the depot of loading, the exact location they are carrying the fuel to.
He said any dealer caught diverting fuel to a location not stated in the way bill will be sanctioned, adding that the regulated product (PMS) has already been subsidise and meant for particular locations to enjoy that subsidy.
Makinde also warned trailer drivers against selling fuel to road side dealers, adding that such behaviour was against DPR guidelines.
The DPR boss said anyone caught selling or buying fuel at the road side would be dealt with according to the law.
“The Nigerian public has come to the full awareness that oil and gas does not only generate benefits but also cause hazards if not properly handled.
“The theme of this workshop has always been tailored to specifically reflect the pecularity of the prevailing issues in the oil and gas marketing sector in the state”, Makinde said.
In his remarks, Mr Olusegun Daboh, DPR head of Operations, said surveillance inspection conducted in the state by the department revealed high level of infractions in almost all the filling stations.
Daboh said the infractions by owners of filling stations range from under-dispensing of products, poor house keeping, operating with expired licence, upsurge of illegal filling stations, among others.
Also speaking, Mr Kayode Rotimi, the IPMAN Chairman in Ile-Ife, appealed to government to ban sale of petroleum on the road side.
He said such act was not in the interest of the government and IPMAN.