Petroleum Products Monitoring Committee in Akwa Ibom State to develop database to trace sources of adulterated kerosene

Akwa Ibom Petroleum Products Monitoring Committee says it will develop a database for all kerosene surface tank dealers in order to trace sources of adulterated kerosene in the state.

Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Petroleum Matters, Essien Esema, made this known in Uyo at a sensitization meeting of stakeholders on Kerosene fire incidents.

Esema, who is the chairman of the committee, explained that accreditation of surface tank dealers would help identify sources of contaminated products in cases of explosion and directed surface tank dealers to paint their receptacles blue with white stripes in the middle of the tanks to indicate that they were kerosene dealers, warning that non-compliance with the colour code would result in prosecution of offenders.

Esema, who lamented that in the last one year, 48 cases of kerosene explosions were reported in the state, announced that surface tank dealers would also be made to undergo mentoring programme which would require them to operate under the supervision of an independent or major marketer to ensure quality products supply.

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