The Director General, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, (NOSDRA), Mr. Idris Musa has said that the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) should review the license of gas refilling stations.
The DG stated this in an exclusive interview with Nigerian NewsDirect, adding that gases pollution has caused a lot of a setback for us as a nation.
Musa noted that serious complaint have been received on the location of gas refilling stations in a residential area on the claim of having a permit which could be very dangerous.
He stressed that DPR attention has been to the situation and expect that they will do the needful by directing the owner of the plant to move away where they are to another location.
According to him, “Infact, we have seen some areas where we believe the way and manner those who were given certificates were not proper and we have drawn the attention of the Department of Petroleum Resources ( DPR) that such permits are rescinded or they be directed to move away from wherever they are.
“We are waiting for their responses, we wrote a letter to them, no response yet and we have sent a reminder to DPR.
“DPR cannot deny that they did not give them the license.
“The refilling gas stations have certificates; permits and that is why we are saying they need to take a look at those permits, perhaps to examine what was not done before issuing the permit and revoke the permit or ask them to relocate.”
Furthermore, the DG while expressed an improvement in the Year 2020 agenda in monitoring the downstream of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.
He stressed that the Agency in its own part, will work assiduously in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision to strengthen the economy, security and fight corruption in the oil and gas sector.
“We want to improve on every aspect in what we have been doing more than ever before and of course, like the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari and his manifesto, which is in three areas, namely: improving the economy, fighting corruption and ensuring security of our nation.
“We are also into that one with him in ensuring that we follow all of these.
“We are not going to drive out any business by way of regulation. We will encourage, guide them on how to do their business and at the same time preserve our environment.
“We are going to ensure prudence in our spending and also make sure that we do not put gratification before we do and after we did it because that is corruption. When things are done normally, there will be no conflict.
“By way of security, we will make sure that things are done normally. There will be less conflict which breeds insecurity.
“So, those are the key areas of focus. If we are able to do this, improving on the services we had given before, then we will be in tangent with President Muhammadu Buhari’s next level agenda,” he added.