Delta Coordinator of NMDPRA, Engr. Victor Ohwodiasa, gave the assurance on Thursday when he led a team of the regulatory authority on an unscheduled inspection visit to some petroleum depots at Ifiekporo Community, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Ohwodiasa disclosed that a lot of vessels laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol, were already coming into the state.
He added that the regulatory authority would ensure the vessels discharged products as quickly as possible.
“We will ensure that the depots receiving these products lift them out to the end users. By the time we have all the depots wet with PMS and they are lifting regularly, the looming scarcity we are experiencing will disappear,” he said.
Ohwodiasa said that the essence of the visit was to ensure depots with products dispensed to licensed retail outlets, eliminate middlemen, and also avoid diversion.
“Once we get our daily manifest, we send our men out to make sure those trucks get to their actual locations.
“There might be one or two infractions, we have apprehended about two persons for product diversion and they were made to face the full wrath of the law.
“As a regulatory authority saddled with the responsibility of regulating the Midstream and Downstream of the Oil and Gas sector in Nigeria,
“We will continue to do what we need to do to ensure that the products are available and adequately and fairly distributed within Delta and neighbouring states,” he said.
Ohwodiasa said that the NMDPRA carried out intense routine surveillance, adding that it would sustain the tempo to ensure that the right things were done in the Midstream and Downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.
He, however, urged people to stop panic-buying, assuring that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure the availability of petroleum products in the country, particularly during the Yuletide season and beyond.
The state coordinator added that NMDPRA would ensure that the products get to the consumers at the right price, quality, and quantity.
Among the depots visited were: Matrix Energy Group, Pinnacle Oil and Gas Limited, and AYM Shafa Limited.