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Gov's Petroleum Aide Partners DPR

In a bid to build a partnership, the newly-appointed senior special assistant to the governor on Petroleum Matters, Sir Victor Etefia, recently, visited the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Field Office, Eket.  Etefia, who was accompanied by his officials, was received by the DPR operations controller in the state, Mr. Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, and other officials of the department. In his speech, the governor's aide lauded the DPR's feats in the state, describing the controller as a man with huge administrative capacity and capabilities.  He sought the support of the department to correct some observed anomalies in petroleum matters in the state.  Etefia thanked the controller for ensuring the uninterrupted supply and distribution of petroleum products in the state for some months and appealed to him to sustain the situation in view of the coming festive period. He condemned adulteration of petroleum products in the state by some unscrupulous persons and urged the controller to ensure that, as a regulator, regulations and laws of operation established by the department are enforced and implemented to ensure continuous peace, stability and safety for all.  In response, Kingsley-Sundaye thanked the governor's aide for the visit, describing it as very significant and an act of recognition to the department. Describing Etefia as one of his few friends, the controller thanked God for the appointment and opportunity given his friend to serve humanity and prayed God to endow him with the needed grace and ability to deliver on the tasks ahead.  He described the task ahead of the governor's aide as a turbulent one in all ramifications owing to the dynamic nature of events in the oil and gas sector.  Kingsley-Sundaye assured Etefia that the issue of scarcity was in the past as the department was on constant surveillance of the supply and distribution of petroleum products in the state.  On the issue of adulteration of petroleum products and non-compliance to standard mode of operations on the part of the marketers, the controller assured the Governor's aide that the office will not compromise on practices by anyone that jeopardizes issues of safety, health and environment. He disclosed that the department now has a mobile device that detects fake or adulterated products.  Kingsley -Sundaye hinted that the department was planning a mega sensitisation workshop on some serious issues about oil and gas matters that will involve all the stakeholders including the Governor, depot managers, marketers and the entire public. He assured the Etefia of continuous collaboration with his office and other State Government outfits that have direct or indirect relationship with the oil and gas sector in the state.  The controller urged the governor's aide to join hands with the department in its drive to stop the illegal construction of structures on gas pipelines right of way as this was very disastrous and deadly.

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