Nigeria Tightens Petroleum Regulations, Seals Four Stations in Cross River

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) escalated its regulatory enforcement last Friday, shutting down four filling stations in Cross River State due to non-compliance and operational malpractices.

The closures occurred during a comprehensive two-day audit, with NMDPRA representatives scrutinizing more than 50 establishments, as detailed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). George Ene-Ita, the NMDPRA’s Regional Coordinator, confirmed the crackdown, citing varied infractions, including operating without the necessary authorization and incorrect product dispensing volumes.

“Our goal is to safeguard consumers from exploitation and to insist on operational integrity within the industry,” stated Ene-Ita. He emphasized that the authority’s mandate ensures that customers receive full value for their purchases, insisting on strict adherence to standardized measures.

The enforcement action underscores the NMDPRA’s commitment to elevating industry standards, prioritizing environmental safety, and securing public well-being. Ene-Ita warned that the state would not tolerate casual adherence to industry regulations, stressing the importance of proper licensing in this sensitive sector.

The intervention primarily targeted stations in South Calabar and the Municipality Local Government Area.

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