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Do not tamper with NMDPRA seals, IPMAN tells Kogi marketers.

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has urged Kogi State marketers to stop tampering with Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) seals.

Hon. Mejid Okomanyi, IPMAN chairman in Kogi State, issued the warning during a meeting with NMDPRA State Coordinator Engr. Orit Godwin on Monday.

He stated that the warning was essential due to the unfolding scenario, which resulted in the arrest of 12 marketers for allegedly removing seals and harassing the NMDPRA monitoring team while on duty.

He called the act of removing NMDPRA seals illegal, stressing that the organization is dedicated to enforcing the norms that govern Nigeria’s downstream sector.

Okomanyi pleaded the NMDPRA management to temper punishment with kindness, saying that those IPMAN members who are found wanting will now face the full wrath of the law.

He emphasized that both authorities would work together to root out any marketer participating in unethical tactics across the State’s 21 local governments.

In response, Godwin stated that Operation Show Your Storage and Sales Licence is currently underway in Kogi State.

While acknowledging that business is no longer as normal, he stated that the agency is not trying to witch-hunt any marketer, but rather to guarantee that those participating in illegal acts are shown the exit door.

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He urged marketers with legitimate licenses to continue carrying out their responsibilities without tampering with their meters or under-dispensing to the public.

“The agency will not tolerate any form of deception from any marketers in Kogi State.” Marketers who are caught will not be spared. They will face the consequences without fear or favor. I’m using this means to urge IPMAN members to refrain from taking any action that could land them in hot water.

“Safety should also be their watchword.” Fire extinguishers must be checked to verify that all expired fire extinguishers are replaced. Good signage, no smoking signs, and regular inspections of underground storage tanks, especially during the rainy season, to prevent seepages or water penetration into the products underground and damage to vehicles and machinery.

“All malfunctioning pumps must be decommissioned, repaired, or fixed, as the agency will not accept any excuse,” he said.

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