The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has warned marketers in Kogi State to stop tampering with seals belonging to the Nigeria Mainstream Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

IPMAN Chairman in Kogi State,   Hon. Mejid Okomanyi, gave the warning when he met with the State Coordinator of NMDPRA Orit Godwin, on Monday.

The chairman noted that the warning became necessary in view of the unfolding event that led to the arrest of 12 marketers for allegedly removing seals and harassing NMDPRA surveillance team while on duty.

He described the act of removing NMDPRA seals as unlawful noting that, the body was committed towards upholding the rules guiding the Nigeria downstream sector.

Okomanyi appealed to the management of NMDPRA to temper justice with mercy, assuring that, henceforth, all members of IPMAN who were found wanting would face the full wrath of the law.

He assured NMDPRA that IPMAN would collaborate with the agency to weed out any marketers engaging in sharp practices across the 21 Local Government of Kogi State.

Responding, the Kogi State Coordinator, Nigeria Mainstream Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Ogbe Godwin, said operation showed storage and sales licence was on course in Kogi State.

Godwin said the agency was not out to witch hunt any marketer, but rather ensure that, those engaging in illegal practices were shown the exit door from the system.

He appealed to marketers with valid licences to continue to discharge their duties effectively without tampering their meters or under dispensing to the public.

According to him, “The agency will not condole any form of sharp practices from any marketers in Kogi State. Any marketers caught will not be spared. They will be sanctioned accordingly without fear or favor. I am using this medium to appeal to IPMAN to tell their members to stop any action that would put them into trouble.

“Also, safety should be their watch word. Fire extinguisher must be checked to ensure that all fire extinguisher that are expired are renewed. good signage, no smoking signs, proper checking of underground storage tanks especially during this rainy season to avoid seepages or water ingress into the products underground to avoid damages to vehicles and machineries.”

All malfunctioning pump must be decommissioned, fixed, or repaired as  the agency will not entertain any form of excuse” he stated.

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