About 17 illegal Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG outlets in Ibadan have been closed down by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) as nine others received a warning.
According to Mr. Oluyemi Olaonipekun, the operations controller of Ibadan Field Office of DPR, the agency carried out its operations effectively in monitoring the operations of Retail Oil Marketers (ROM), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) retailers and depot operators.
He said, “the exercise is continuous and we will continue to improve as well as carry out the necessary assignments as stipulated by the regulations and oil guidelines. In the other two areas, LPG and filling stations, we have been able to curtail people selling at forecourt below the required volume being paid for by the motorists and other buyers to a greater extent in Oyo state.
He said the agency has gathered data of illegal outfits and their gas suppliers in order forestall future occurrence during its routine visit and surveillance.
He, however, disclosed that DPR was planning to meet with LPG plant owners and stakeholders to seek ways to curb the unnecessary supply of products to unlicensed and unapproved sites.
In the meantime, he noted that a roadshow would be organized to sensitize people on how to safely handle and use LPG, Independent noted.