Marketers to leverage technology for products’ monitoring, standardisation
Industry players, under the Petroleum Products Retail Outlet Owners Association of Nigeria (PETROAN) are seeking to improve quality assurance in the downstream segment of the nation’s petroleum industry through technology.
Inaugurating a Quality Assurance and Quality Control (PQAQC) compliance team for national, regional and state levels operations, the marketers said the move is backed with an application called 3P.
Also known as Petroleum Product Passport, the technology is expected to enable marketers to monitor quality and quantity of petroleum products sold at various outlets nationwide.
Speaking at the launch of the programme in Owerri, President of PETROAN, Dr Prince Billy Harry, said the idea behind the introduction of the 3P is “to ensure clean and accurate supply of petroleum product supplies for Nigeria, from all retail outlets nationwide.”
He said the PQAQC team would have to monitor the outlets to ensure that the project is not compromised.
“The 3P app will enable our network, and even the stakeholders in the industry to standardize activities in the chain across the regions and states,” Harry said.
Harry stated that the success of the initiative rests on the retail outlets, adding that “All retail outlets are required to retail only quality petroleum products approved and supplied by the authorities.”
According to him, products by the members must be accurate as approved by authorities, as the association would enforce compliance to ensure that the projected objectives become realistic.
Harry noted that the application would ensure uniform petroleum products quality and quantity.
“PETROAN is the touch point with the end consumer. This makes us the most important functional point in the entire petroleum product supply chain,” he said.
Harry disclosed that the application would run on the heavy network of over 35,000 retail outlets, and more than 15,000 licensed DPR petroleum storage facilities (fuel dumps) scattered nationwide.
The outlets, Harry stressed, would ensure optimal distribution of petroleum products all over the nation, and also ensure that all impediments confronting her members in the course of transactions are nipped at the bud to pave way for the public to enjoy seamless and equitable service delivery
He stated that PETROAN has unified all marketing associations as well as outlet owners in the petroleum products,’ downstream sector in Nigeria, “and has restored hope and future to real licensed petroleum gas outlets owners by reducing excessive charges, intimidation and molestation by touts who disguise themselves as government officials.”