DPR raises alarm over adulterated engine oil

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), yesterday expresssed concern over the infiltration of adulterated lube oil (engine oil) into the petroleum market.

Speaking on the DPR Half Hour on Radio Nigeria monitored by The Nation, DPR Zonal Operations Comptroller, Wole Akinyosunye, said the callous act is of concern to the organisation due to the effects of fake lubricants on machines.

He said DPR was not resting on its oars, as it is always raiding the illegal facilities of the adulterated lube with the assistance of the Nigeria Security And Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC).

He called on consumers of engine oil to insist on purchasing their lube from licensed outlets and petrol filing stations, instead of patronising roadside retailers.

Akinyosunye said the petroleum body was doing its utmost to curb the menace, saying the DPR operatives  could not  be in all the over 5,000 outlets in Lagos and Ogun at the same time.

He said DPR has always sanctioned and revoked the the licenses of offenders.

His words: “I can tell you that one of the major challenges we have today is the adulteration of lube oil. You could find  that unscrupulous persons also have business of how they adulterate  lube oil, or what is popularly called engine oil.

“They have even perfected how they package it as real, and some time they sell them under popular brand of unsuspecting consumers.

“So, DPR regularly raids such illegal facilities with the assistance of the Civil Defense Corp and put them out of operation .  The adulteration of lubes are particularly of great   concern to DPR because of its harmful effects on machines and the environment.

“And we therefore advise consumers to ensure they purchase products that are from only licensed outlets, petrol filing stations, especially.”

The DPR, he said, is still experiencing issues with quantity delivery at the pump as unscrupulous dealers adjusted their meters to under dispense to customers.

Akinyosunye however said that the organisation was ensuring that customers get full value for their money by accurately dispensing petroleum products.

The DPR, according to him, “ensures that any dealer caught under dispensing is penalised. It ranges from fine to total closure of station and revocation of their operating licenses. ”

He called on the dealers to ensure proper calibration of their meters.

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