Nigeria has more gas than crude oil – as DPR bans refilling of gas at filling stations

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By Gladys Nweke

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has tasked motorists in the country to key into green economy by converting their automobiles from driving on premium motor spirit, also known as petrol, to drive on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Head, Gas Monitoring and Regulations, DPR Port Harcourt, Patrick Emordi, told our correspondent exclusively that using LPG, which he referred to as ‘Auto Gas’ for automobiles and other vehicles was much cheaper and environment-friendly than using PMS or AGO.

Emordi explained that with Auto-gas, Nigerians will not need to worry about fuel subsidy and pump price of fuel, since LPG would serve as better alternative.

The DPR official also said the use of  add-on (gas refilling points) inside filling stations has been banned by DPR, and will become effective from December 2020.

He said already existing add-ons will only be made to serve as Auto-gas stations, while domestic LPG users will have to fill their cylinders straight from gas plants and not inside petrol stations from 2021.

He said; “We are trying to educate the public on Auto-gas, that is, using LPG to drive your cars. Presently, DPR has banned the usage of add-on in filling stations effective 31st December, 2020 and we are now encouraging operators to now go into auto-gas.

“Gas is very cheap, using auto gas in your cars is cheaper than using fuel. The LPG you will get for 5,000 can last you for one month whereas, N12,000 worth of fuel cannot last for a week. Auto-gas is cheap and environment friendly.

“Nigeria is more of a gas country than crude oil, so when people start using gas, subsidy paid on fuel will be done away with because people will now have alternative to use LPG to drive their cars. It is because of lack of alternative that people are afraid that if subsidy is removed, fuel price will increased.

“We have generators, forklifts, trucks and cars that use LPG. There is more benefit for using auto-gas than using PMS or AGO. So we are encouraging Nigerians to convert their cars to auto gas because it is better for them and their pockets.”

….. As MOSOP reacts to killings in Ogoni

Irked by the repulsive latest killings on Friday, May 17 in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area and on Sunday, May 19, 2019, in  Kono Bo-ue, an Ogoni community also in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, strongly condemns the incidents and Calls on the security agencies to immediately go after all those involved in the dastardly act.

Coming few days after what we thought was a successful strategic multi stakeholders meeting at the instance of the Khana local government authorities, the incidents are so disheartening that MOSOP is of the view that something more drastic with utmost sincerity and commitment of all categories of leaders and security personnel be brought on board to deal with the escalating insecurity situation in Ogoniland.

This killing is one too many and it’s quite sad and unfortunate that situations like these are allowed to continue in our communities without the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators, both the criminals and sponsors of the unjustifiable massacre of innocent citizens.

Reports have it that unidentified gun men, on Friday invaded part of Bori Town, shooting sporadically and killed one person while on Sunday about 20 persons were reportedly shot dead in Kono Bo-ue community.

How can one explain the reason for the killing of about 20 innocent natives in a community that is not at war with her neighbours and does not have report of  intra communal conflict at time of the incident?

We use this opportunity to again appeal to the federal and Rivers State governments to carry out the fight against gang wars and criminality with demonstrable vigour and utmost priority and to decisively, with no exceptions, bring to book culprits to avert further incident.

While we call on the people of the area to remain law-abiding, we urge the community and traditional leaders to work with the security agencies to initiate actions that would expose those behind the insecurity situation and bring back lasting peace and normalcy to the various communities.

On our part, we would continue our peace programme, in partnership with relevant authorities, particularly the churches, security experts and Paramount Rulers in the area, hoping for positive outcome in the coming days.

MOSOP sympathizes with the people of Kono- Bo-ue community, particularly, families of the victims, and calls on the youths and community Leaders to cooperate with security agencies in their quest to restore peace in the community.

(Source: Sunny Zorvah, publicity secretary)