The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has asked stakeholders to adhere to safety procedures to forestall disasters associated with activities in the downstream sector.
The advice was given at the maiden Annual General Meeting (AGM) of DPR Osogbo Field Office held on Thursday in the state capital with the theme: Safety Practices in the Oil and Gas Industry–Our Civic Obligations.
In his opening remarks, DPR’s Operations Controller for Osogbo Field Office, Engineer Olusegun Daboh, said the Department aimed at using the platform of the AGM to interact with stakeholders and proffer solutions to major operational challenges facing the sector.
Daboh, who noted that the Oil and Gas Industry had the potential to generate both positive and negative outcomes for the country, also said the negative outcomes must be carefully managed to prevent loss of lives and property as well as damage to the environment.
“The Oil and Gas business does not only generate financial value but also cause hazards if not properly handled. To this end, DPR has successfully launched MISTIDO (Minimum Safety Training for Downstream Operations), targeted at the people, the process and equipment as well as workers in the downstream sector.
“This include petroleum tanker drivers, motor boys and attendants in the petrol stations. And by the end of September 2020, it will form part of the requirements for renewal of licenses by the Department,” he said.
In the same vein, Engr. Sarki Auwalu, Director/CEO of DPR, represented by Mrs Osode, Head of Servicom in the Department, said strict adherence to minimum safety procedures now becomes imperative in view of recent disasters recorded in the Nigerian downstream sector, adding that all hands must be on deck to prevent future occurrences.
The Lagos Zonal Operations Controller, Engr. Ayorinde Cardoso, also underscored the importance of safety in the operations and procedures of all stakeholders, stressing that unlicensed companies that engage in illegal operations would be sanctioned.
“Safety is a collective responsibility which is expected from all stakeholders in the industry. All illegal practices, accidents and incidents enumerated above can be eliminated if all stakeholders adhere to requisite guidelines and standards for safe handling of petroleum products,” he said.
The two Guest Lecturers at the event, Dr Oyet Gogomery and Engr. Atilola A.S., identified human error, equipment failure and process violations as causes of disasters in the downstream sector and enjoined all to guard against them.
High point of the event was the award of excellence to four deserving petroleum marketing outlets in Osun state for their integrity in business.
Source: Voice of Nigeria