07 November 2016, Ilorin – The Operations Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Philip Salvation, on Friday said the organisation would soon commence a nationwide clampdown on producers and distributors of adulterated and sub-standard lubricants.
He stated that the recent arrests of owners and managers of three companies in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, and the sealing off of the production and marketing outlets of the firms over alleged production and distribution of fake lubricants by the state’s branch of the DPR in collaboration with security agencies, had attracted the national office of the agency, which he said had taken over the fight.
According to him, all the zonal and state branches of the DPR had been sensitised and authorised to clamp down on fake lubricant producers and distributors in their areas of jurisdiction.
Salvation spoke on the sidelines of the inauguration of two committees to address illicit blending/production of sub-standard lubricants.
The committees, according to him, are the advisor committee on production, distribution and marketing of lube oils in Kwara State and the public awareness committee on the production, distribution and marketing of off-spec lube oils in the state.
Salvation stated that there were only 46 licensed lubricant producers in Nigeria to serve a population of about 180 million people, adding that these were inadequate to serve the consumers.
He noted that there were many automobile engines, generators and other household consumers as well as industrial users of lubricants, adding that there was a huge market for the products in the country.