The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday led a raid on illegal dealers of cooking gas in Abuja.
Lokogoma, Galadimawa, among other areas in Abuja were targeted for the raid.
The Zonal Operations Controller, DPR, Abuja Zonal Office, Buba Abubakar, said that 16 retail plants were raided by the agencies with 14 of them sealed.
He said, “The reason we went out today was to make sure everybody has permit to operate.
“If you don’t have permit, you should come to the office and with the necessary requirements you will get your permit.
“We are looking at the safety of the people, their lives and property. By the time you come to the office, we will be able to tell you the things you need to have a retail outlet.
“But the way it is now, somebody just wakes up one day and before you know it, he has a retail outlet which is not acceptable.
“We are here to help every Nigerian. If you really want to have a retail outlet or LPG plant, you come to the office, we will tell you all the necessary requirement in terms of documentation and safety and by the time you get these things done we will process them for you before you are allowed to run a legal outlet.”
Abubakar equally warned gas marketers to desist from selling gas to any retailer that does not have a permit.
Also speaking on the raid, the Head of Gas, DPR, Umar Gwandu, said, “This place can easily explode if there is any spark, even with a very tiny leakage. Once there is a spark, this place is gone.
“We have come here severally as you can see from our seal. These people are not ready to comply. If there is any spark here this place can go up in flames in seconds. Look at the immediate environment with gas.”
Safety Record can report that the five illegal gas operators arrested were turned over to the NSCDC for prosecution.