The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has issued a stern warning to fuel station operators, cautioning against any unauthorized alterations to petroleum pumps.
Mr Farouk Ahmed, the Chief Executive of NMDPRA, conveyed this message during an interactive session with commissioners from the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) held on Friday in Abuja.
Ahmed emphasized that fuel stations found dispensing fuel through adjusted pumps would face severe sanctions. These penalties could range from the revocation of operating licenses to suspension or even complete shutdown of the facility, depending on the seriousness of the offence.
He stressed that the tampering of fuel pumps by filling station operators is a significant concern for both oil regulatory bodies and the Federal Government. This warning serves as a clear signal of the government’s commitment to maintaining the integrity and fairness of the fuel distribution system in the country.
“What we are doing now is that we have some of our staff going round to take on-the-spot checks of some of the petrol stations.
“If you drive into a station, drive out, you will not know if you have been cheated until you do a measurement.
“Sometimes we do a physical measurement where we go to some stations and buy one litre, look at that environment to see whether that one litre is really one litre.
” Then we will know whether or not they have tampered with the pump,” he said.
“We have started the engagement, but this is just a formal collaboration on areas where we can improve the revenue generation for the federation.
“There are two areas we have to look at, which are either to generate revenue or cut costs,” he said.
He urged citizens to consider investing in the midstream sector of the economy.
“For example, if you want to build a gas plant, come to us; we will give you the guidelines and the policies, and you will come and invest.
“The area you want to invest in will determine the cost of investment; the investment opportunities are there,” he said.
RMAFC Chairman, Mr Bello Shehu, said that the engagement between both organizations was to strengthen their partnership.
“We are here in order for them to enlighten us on what they do and what we can do as a commission to assist them to better boost revenue generation for Nigeria.
“We are interested in what the authority does to enable us to monitor better and know the right questions to ask, which will enable us to give appropriate information,” he said.