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DPR, stakeholders seek safer measures for petroleum products transportation

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[FILES] Petroleum plant. Photo: PEXELS

Worried about the rising number of incidents and casualties from petroleum tanker mishaps, the Federal Government through the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), alongside relevant stakeholders in the oil and gas product distribution system in the country, will explore new measures to stem the tide.
  
According to the DPR, extant regulations and safety measures will be reviewed to avert similar occurrences in the future as well as ensure that road haulage of petroleum products remains safe, as newer alternatives were being explored.
   
While efforts are underway to address the parlous state of the roads, the DPR noted that weak links in the haulage process need to be addressed as safeguard measures.
  
Preparatory to its yearly general meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 24, DPR Zonal Operations Controller, Lagos Zonal Office, Oluwole Akinyosoye, said all stakeholders including the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPMAN), and Independent Petroleum Product Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), are expected at the forum to address the concerns.
 
Others are Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), and Lubricant Producers Association of Nigeria (LUPAN).
  
The meeting, according to the DPR, will give the relevant stakeholders ample opportunity to proffer solutions on the challenges and causes of poor petroleum haulage system in the country.
  
He added that government agencies including the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Federal and State Fire Services, Lagos, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), are also expected to participate at the meeting.
 
“We recall the tragic incident that occurred on Otedola Bridge on the 28th of June, 2018. At this incident, 12 lives were lost, many people were injured, and at least 55 vehicles were lost to the inferno. This persistent carnage by road haulage of petroleum products in our society necessitates a choice of our theme for this year.
  
“At the AGM, we intend to discuss the root causes of tanker incidents and other things to be done in DPR to further strengthen our processes in this regard especially for the Lagos zone and Nigeria in general,” headed.

He assured that DPR is committed to working with all stakeholders to drive and enhance good business practices and safety culture in the downstream sector and the petroleum industry as a whole.

 


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