DPR warns against use of cell phones at petrol stations

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A fuel station attendant dispenses kerosene at a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega petrol station in Abuja January 23, 2015. The NNPC commenced sale of kerosene cooking fuel, which a majority of Nigerians depend on for cooking, at a reduced pump price of $0.27 per litre nationwide at all NNPC outlets. REUTERS/ Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA - Tags: ENERGY BUSINESS) - RTR4MO8Q

By Victor Adeoti
Osogbo, Aug. 24, 2020 The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned motorists to desist from using mobile phones while refueling at filling stations to prevent fire outbreak.

Mr Olusegun Daboh, DPR’s Operation Controller in Osun, told newsmen in Osogbo on Monday, that such an act was dangerous, “as petrol is highly inflammable’’.

Daboh also appealed to motorists to always turn off their car engines before refueling.

He further warned that marketers operating filling stations with expired licence, selling above the regulated pump price and under-dispensing, would be sanctioned.

He said any unwholesome practice by petroleum marketers should be reported to the DPR office for appropriate action

Daboh said that the task force of the department would continue to carry out its routine surveillance in all the filling stations in the state to ensure that they comply with all the safety regulations.

He advised residents to always check their gas cylinder regularly for leakages to prevent fire, saying that it was advisable to look out for Nigeria Industrial Standard number on the cylinder whenever buying one.

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