FG Warns Petrol Stations Against Pump Adjustments, Says Operators Risk License Revocation

FG Warns Petrol Stations Against Pump Adjustments, Says Operators Risk License Revocation

  • The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) said it will sanction petrol stations for altering pumps
  • Farouk Ahmed, the Chief Executive of the NMDPRA, said the agency’s staff will conduct on-the-spot checks
  • He said NMDPRA will revoke the licenses of the petrol stations that alter pumps.

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says it will sanction petrol station operators who adjust or alter petrol pumps.

The Chief Executive of NMDPRA, Farouk Ahmed, revealed this at an interactive session with the Revenue Mobilisation and Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) commissioners on Friday, September 22, 2023, in Abuja.

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NMDPRA to conduct physical checks

The NMDPRA boss said that petrol stations caught dispensing petrol with altered pumps would face severe sanctions.

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Ahmed said that the sanctions would range from license revocation, operations suspension, or outright closure, depending on the severity of the offence.

He stated that the alteration of fuel pumps by petrol station operators is a major concern to NMDPRA and other federal government regulatory agencies.

He said the agency’s staff do on-the-spot checks of some petrol stations to determine if they are in breach.

According to him, the agency also does physical measurements where its operatives go around to buy petrol and check if it measures up to a litre.

He said the the agency will continue to partner with RMAFC to generate funds for the Nigerian government.

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He said the country has opportunities to build gas plants or autogas.

He stated that the agency provides guidelines and policies for building gas or autogas plants in Nigeria.

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Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Midstream Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, said it had approved the construction of a gas plant to expand the product's availability in Nigeria.

The agency added that the gas projects are at the final stages of completion across the country, and some would be due in early 2024.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of NMDPRA, Farouk Ahmed, harnessing the 209 trillion cubic feet of available natural gas in Nigeria remains critical for energy transition and industrialisation.

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