NNPC (1)The nation’s petroleum products market is currently flooded with adulterated products, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), admitted on Thursday.

Products like Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, and Automobile Gas Oil (AGO), or diesel, are commonly used for domestic and automobile, and their adulteration usually causes explosion that result in social and economic catastrophe.

Controller of Operations, DPR, Lagos/Ogun, Gbenga Koku, who confirmed the existence of adulterated products to newsmen on Thursday, said the agency is doing everything possible to arrest the situation.

Koku, who spoke at the DPR’s annual general meeting in Lagos, however warned oil marketers who engage in product supply to facilities without appropriate operating licence to desist, or face the wrath of the law.

“We have severally warned marketers on these issues but sadly the practice is still prevalence. It is our intention to deploy more stringent monitoring regime in order to bring this practice to an end,” he said.

The menace of adulterated petrol products flooding the market has lingered for several years now without any concrete solutions in sight.

A depot owner at the AGM, for example, told journalist in confidence that “except the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is passed, DPR will continue to be seen as toothless bulldog.

“This is because it is the only body regulating the upstream, midstream, downstream, offshore, deep-offshore and all flow-stations,” he said.

According to him, a provision of the bill proposed that the DPR be divided into three regulatory bodies, which he believes is the only way to check the menace.


Information from Daily Independent was used in this report.