The Department of Petroleum Resources , Osogbo field Office , has sealed 15 Liquefied Petroleum Gas skid stations for operating without valid licences.

Mr Ademola Makinde , DPR ’ s Operations Controller, who disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Osogbo , said the stations were sealed during routine surveillance by the department in the state.

Makinde said the department had commenced a total clampdown on illegal gas stations for the safety of gas users in the state .
The Controller added that the agency would continue to intensify its surveillance operation in the state.

Makinde, who decried the recent Kaduna gas explosion , said DPR was ready to shut every illegal gas plants and skid operators in the state.

“ We will continue to clamp down on an illegal gas skid in the state for the safety of our people . The only recognised operators are refilling gas plants and stand- alone gas stations with valid licences.

“ We cannot allow people to be making money at the expense of the lives of the people.

“ There are basic safety rules and procedure to be followed in LPG business and those who are not ready to follow this will not be allowed to remain in business.

“ DPR is a regulatory body and there are regulations binding the operations of gas plants which must be maintained by the operators, ” Makinde said.

The controller said that every nooks and cranny of the state would be visited by DPR officials.

(NAN )