The Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA) has expressed its readiness to partner with the Federal and state government to curb adulteration of petroleum products across the country.
The group stated this in a statement by its National Public Relations Officer of NOGASA, Chief Chinedu Ukadike, issued in Abuja on outcome of the inauguration Edo, Osun and Oyo executive council of the association.
Ukadike quoted the National President of NOGASA, Mr Benneth Korie, to have promised to work closely with the government to eradicate pipeline vandalism and adulteration of petroleum product in the country.
Korie who was represented by the Secretary-General of NOGASA, Mr Tunde David, said in Edo our business is to source petroleum products from approved depots.
He explained: “Our motto is quality service and this is why we are particular about promoting quality membership, performance and global best practices in NOGASA.
“Our mission in pursuant of these goals is to reach out to well-meaning Nigerians and relevant government agencies, to join hands with us to achieve these objectives.
“One of the detrimental factors that have terribly affected the noble business of petroleum product supply in Nigeria is adulteration; another is the vandalisation of petroleum products pipelines.
“NOGASA is opposed to these sharp practices and others in the petroleum industry and is willing to partner with governments to discourage them by all means and standards at its disposal.”
He further urged the state Edo state executive council of the association advance the cause of fight against adulteration through collaboration with the government to achieve targets.
He also quoted the President to have urged the Osun and Oyo state executive councils to uphold ethical standards of oil and gas operations, to promote the meaningful growth.
“Ensure you promote peace and ethical best practices as you work hand-in-hand with the Federal, State and Local Governments, to promote standards of the petroleum business in the environment.
“Ensure that in the foreseeable future, both the supplier and the end user will have good reasons to smile and enjoy relative peace in the petroleum industry sector.
“I charge you to bring your wealth of experience to bear through collaboration with the state government, to consolidate the existing peace and security enjoyed in the state,” Korie said.
Ukadike in the statement however advised oil and gas marketers who patronized illegal depots to desist from such, saying it contributed to damages resulting from adulterated products.
He reiterated that the association had been overhauled to tackle challenges and ensure sustainable growth of the petroleum industry sector.