Probe source of adulterated kerosene, NNPC tells DPR

*Says Warri, Kaduna, P-H refineries producing 5m litres of kerosene 

By Michael Eboh

ABUJA—The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, charged the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to probe the source of adulterated kerosene in some parts of the country.

It also stated that the country’s refineries, Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna, were currently producing five million litres of kerosene daily, representing more than 60 per cent of the national daily consumption requirement of eight million litres.

Group Managing Director of the corporation, Mr. Maikanti Baru, who spoke at a two-day investigative public hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) in Abuja, weekend, asked DPR to beam its searchlight, particularly at private depots in the country, to unearth the source of the adulterated kerosene.

Baru, who was represented by Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Mr. Henry Ikem Obih, said he was sure of the quality of the five million litres the NNPC pumped into the market, stressing that emphasis should be on the remaining three million litres imported by private petroleum products marketers.

To this end, Baru advised the House of Representatives’ committee to contact the DPR, which is the petroleum industry regulator, to investigate the source of adulterated kerosene among the private depots in the country.

He further called on the relevant authorities to empower the DPR to carry out its responsibilities more diligently by ensuring that petroleum products imported by marketers met the required quality and safety standards as NNPC cannot guarantee the quality of products imported by other market players.

In his own remarks, the Committee Chairman, Mr. Joseph Akinlaja, stated that the committee was deeply concerned about high cost of kerosene in the market as well as incessant explosions due to adulteration.

He said the committee was mandated by the House of Representatives to, among other things, work out a clear cut policy framework on deregulation of kerosene to avert the current challenges faced by the  masses in procuring the product; arrest the resurgence of kerosene explosion with attendant fatalities and investigate the disappearance of N11 billion worth of petroleum product belonging to the NNPC.

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