Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria, NOGASA, has said it has commenced full operation aimed at addressing unwholesome practices as well as sanitise the oil and gas sector in the country.
Speaking in Abuja, National President of NOGASA, Benneth Korie said with the move, oil suppliers who patronise illegal activities would be sanctioned.
Korie noted that the move would equally reduce pipeline vandalism, bunkering, oil theft, illegal refineries and mitigate environmental degradation.
Korie, who decried the increasing rate of adulterated petroleum products in the country, stated that the association would only source products from oil depots that are duly licensed by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
“As employers of labour, we want to see our business grow to employ more Nigerians. 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.”
“Our principal aim and objective are to reinforce the ethical standards of the industry. Most Nigerians would agree with us that natural oil and gas is critical in the development of this nation. We have come to do the needful — to protect our businesses and the end-users from the criminal practices of dishonest operators in the system.
“Those sharp practices, particularly dealing in adulterated products, have done a great deal of damage to end users and this is hurting our businesses as well,” Korie said.
He bemoaned that oil and gas supply and marketing businesses in the country have been affected by unwholesome practices by dishonest operators, who deal in adulterated products.
Korie called on the Federal Government to create an enabling environment that would encourage marketers and suppliers of petroleum products to unite, noting that this would make it easier for government to interface and have easy access to suppliers of the commodities.
He said the group would deploy representatives to depots across the country and would also have state and industrial sub-chairmen.