The Bauchi State government shut down 10 filling stations for lack of fire extinguishers and sand buckets

The Bauchi State government shut down 10 filling stations for lack of fire extinguishers and sand buckets

The Bauchi State Office of Nigeria’s Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has sealed 10 petrol stations for violating the rules.

Abdullahi Iliyasu, the NMDPRA’s controller of operations, gave the figure in an interview on Thursday in Bauchi.

Iliyasu cited a breach of safety measures such as the non-provision of fire extinguishers and sand buckets by the outlets and added that some stations were sanctioned for shortchanging customers through under-delivery of goods.

According to him, NMDPRA recently discovered 10 illegal filling stations in the state. “We are investigating the matter for appropriate measures,” the official said.

He said the agency would continue to intensify efforts on surveillance and routine inspection of all petroleum outlets in the state.

“Regular surveillance and inspection would prevent diversion of products and ensure unhindered delivery of manifested products to designated filling stations.”

Mr Iliyasu called on independent petroleum marketers to establish liquefied gas plants in line with federal government’s efforts at expanding utilisation of cooking gas.

The official blamed high cost of cooking gas in the country on importation and landing costs of the commodity.

He said the agency had given licence for establishment of no fewer than 10 gas plants in the state.

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