The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said that it had intensified surveillance to ensure maximum safety and regulatory compliance in cooking gas retailer business in Sokoto and Kebbi.
DPR Operations Controller in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi State, Mr. Muhammad Makera, stated this on Monday.
Makera stressed that DPR surveillance team visited 17 LPG retailers shops out of which seven were sealed for various offences in Sokoto.
He added that five sanctioned shops were found guilty of flouting environmental safety regulations and operating without licences and those two others were closed for operating without valid licences of retailing Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
According to Makera, “The DPR will continue to ensure that stakeholders in the petroleum sector operate in a safe environment and according to international best practices.
“Sanctions are available for operators who default in their operations, to serve as deterrent to others. We urge marketers to align their business values to reflect integrity and the sanctity of human lives and the environment.
“Retailers should come to DPR to register and obtain relevant operating licence,” he said.