By Obas Esiedesa
The President of the Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA), Mr. Benneth Korie has urged petroleum products marketers to desist from patronizing petroleum product pipeline vandals, as such transactions are detrimental to Nigeria’s economic growth and the environment.
Korie who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Monday, said members of NOGASA nationwide would not engage vandals and pledged to tackle sharp practices in the oil and gas sector.
He said its members would only deal with government accredited depots to discourage sales of adulterated products and pipeline vandalism.
He said with the nationwide flag off of the organization in all the geo-political zones, NOGASA shall wipe out all forms of sharp practices within the downstream sector.
He explained that all measures have been put in place to protect oil and gas business and indeed the end users from the criminal practices of dishonest operators in the system.
He noted that the unwholesome practices of some unscrupulous dealers are hurting the businesses of petroleum products marketers and suppliers, hence the decision to checkmate their activities.
Korie said that a taskforce is already in place to monitor activities in the industry to ensure that pipeline vandals do not enjoy any patronage.
The National President said that members of NOGASA would only source products from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) licensed depots nationwide.
He stated: “We are pleased to inform the good people of this great nation that we are flagging off our activities nationwide. Our mission is straight forward: quality service.
“We shall work very hard to create a smooth and enabling environment in this country. Our principle aim and objective is to reinforce the ethical standards of the industry, most Nigerians will agree with us that natural oil and gas is critical in the development of this nation.
“To reduce adulterated products, all our members are hereby advised to desist from patronizing the products of vandalized pipelines, if any. All our members are advised to patronize government, and private depots only.
“Furthermore, there will be regular workshops for our members to update them with government policies in the petroleum sector”, he added.