Giving this warning recently in Awka, the operations controller at the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Mr Ignatius Anyanwu, also announced that the agency had commenced full operations in the state.
He said the office was created in the last quarter of 2018 in view of the high activity in the oil and gas downstream subsector in the state.
He said the operations at the new office would ease business environment for operators in the state and improve their activities as they would no longer need to go to Enugu for DPR-related issues which were crucial to them. “Before now, it was Enugu and Abia states with Owerri as the zonal office. Now, Anambra has been added to the number states with offices in the Southeast. Now, we are fully established and commenced full operations in Awka office.
“There is a lot of activity in the downstream sector here in Anambra with considerable number of retail outlets spread across the state.
“So far so good, I would say some of the operators are complying with our regulations, our presence will improve the overall activity in the sector. Investors will no longer need to go to Enugu for documentation, so there will lots of time and money saved,” he said.
Anyanwu urged players in oil and gas sector to shun sharp practices as the agency would not tolerate fleecing of customers under any guise. He said the DPR was embarking on comprehensive surveillance of the state to enable it had good mapping for proper surveillance and monitoring.
“Advise operators should check their facility regularly, service their machines and ensure that you are dispensing according to standards; they can come also for assistance in case of difficulty.,” he said.