By Olabode Jegede
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Port Harcourt Zonal office, has urged the public to switch to gas as the use of DPK popularly known as kerosene is dangerous.
Zonal Controller, DPR, Bassey Nkanga, who stated this, explained that there was a tendency among some unscrupulous petroleum product traders to mix fuel with kerosene before selling to unsuspecting consumers to maximize profit because kerosene is scarce and expensive.
He noted that gas is safer and cheaper to use, stressing that it is in line with the federal government’s mandate on the use of gas.
He also said that the DPR is planning to embark on the use of gas enlightenment campaign in all the rural areas, worship centres, motor parks and market places across the state.
According to Nkanga, “We want to tell the public that it is safer and cheaper to use gas. Do not forget that petrol is cheap and kerosene is expensive and in that case, there is every tendency that people will tend to mix kerosene with much fuel and sell to the public without the people knowing.
“This same adulterated kerosene will be filled in gallons and sold in markets and it poses a severe risk, whereas DPR controls the quality of gas that is being sold to the public. So, we encourage people that it is cheaper and safer to use gas.
“We want the use of gas to penetrate all nooks and crannies of the state. That is why we are embarking on public enlightenment campaign because the federal government wants everybody to use gas even those in rural communities.”
Meanwhile, the Director, DPR, Engr. Sarki Auwalu MNSE, played host to the Managing Director/Chief Executive of TOTAL E&P Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mike Sangster and delegation at the Agency’s head office in Lagos.
Sangster was accompanied by senior officials of TOTAL E&P NIG. LTD. EGM Egina closes out/Preowei Project, EGM OSS, Mr Alex Agedo, Mina Abiodun, Manager Partner Relations & Authorities Preowei Project.
The Director DPR commended TOTAL E&P for the aggressive but subtle business approach that TOTAL E&P has embraced as a winning strategy in growing it’s wealth in Nigeria.
Auwalu commended TOTAL for their human capital development initiatives for relevant stakeholders in the industry. He further encouraged TOTAL to do more in this regard and challenged them to take full advantage of the increased business opportunities in the Nigerian oil and gas valuechain.
Responding, Sangster congratulated the Director on his recent appointment as Director of DPR and reassured him of collaboration between the DPR & TOTAL E&P Nigerià Ltd. to consolidate on the success of two of its FPSO’s Usan and the Egina project which was concluded in 2018 with current production of over 600,000 bpd.
He indicated their willingness to increase their investment in Nigeria from its current global ranking of over 10% in E&P investments and to cope with current business opportunities in the Nigerian oil and gas sector.
He also informed the Director that approximately 65 per cent of Nigerians are currently engaged at different levels with TOTAL overseas, which makes it a highly beneficial resource for TOTAL and Nigeria in general.
Engr. Sarki reassured the visiting delegation of DPR’s Management commitment to collaborate with TOTAL at various levels of mutual interest.