Port Harcourt — Gas retailers under the auspices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers, LPGAR, has charged the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to prevail on gas plant owners not to sell gas directly to end users.
LPGAR which is an affiliate of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, explained that gas plant owners should only sell the product to retailers since end users are not professionally trained to handle gas cylinders during haulage.
Rivers State Chairman of LPGAR branch of NUPENG, Comrade Innocent Oparaugo, speaking on the challenges faced by members of the association, also accused LPG plant owners of refusing to sell the product to retailers, except when gas is surplus.
He pledged the resolve of the union to support DPR in its efforts to improve the oil and gas industry in the state.
According to him, “Some gas plants refuse to sell to retailers while some only sell when it is surplus.
“Gas plant owners should sell only to gas retailers and not to end users who are professionally trained to handle gas cylinders during haulage. This has posed a challenge.
“Some persons use tricycles and van to deliver cooking gas to end users, refilling them in their houses.”
Oparaugo also stated that the union is compliant with DPR and government law that permits only retailers that have the necessary training and license to remain in business.
The union further urged DPR to consider some of the requirements in its license, such as fire service certificate, C.A.C, etc., as well as to ensure that LPG retailer’s license when applied, gets back to them in a short time.