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Oil Agency Moots Synergy With Civil Defence

Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)
Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)

July 28, (THEWILL) – The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Eket Field Office in Akwa Ibom State has restated its commitment to synergising with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state.

Mr. Victor Ohwodiasa, the Operations Controller of DPR in the state, stated this Wednesday, when the State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr. Abidemi Majekodunmi, paid him a courtesy visit.

He noted that the visit had rekindled the relationship with NSCDC, saying that the visit would enhance synergy and collaboration between the two organisations.

“I have a robust and fruitful deliberation with the Civil Defence and we will work in harmony and synergy to achieve the Nigerian project, a country of our dream,” he said.

He reiterated DPR’s commitment to collaborating effectively with NSCDC to support the delivery of its functional obligations and core mandates to the oil and gas industry.

He said: “We need you in the area of violation of DPR seals by filling stations and ooking gas (LPG) attendants to ensure our sealing orders are not violated.

“The visit is a show of mutual respect for our organisations and our desire to  effectively secure critical national assets and enforce regulatory compliance by oil and gas operators in the state.”

Ohwodiasa said the department was not only an oil and gas regulator but also a business enabler and an opportunity provider for operators to achieve business success and sustainability.

He appealed to the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (cooking gas) operators to conduct their businesses within the regulatory framework governing oil and gas business.

He advised cooking gas operators to stop de-canting, which was illegal transfer of cooking gas from one cylinder to another.

He appealed to the public to always buy  cooking gas from only DPR’s  licensed facility in the state.

Responding, Majekodunmi promised NSCDC’s support for DPR.

He noted that NSCDC protects critical infrastructures, assets, factories and pipelines, as well as monitors and trains private guards in the state.

“It is my hope and conviction that we work together in order to build a robust partnerships,” Majekodunmi said.