NOSDRA meets DAPPMAN on Regulations in the Oil Industry

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The Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr Idris Musa, and some management staff of NOSDRA, held a meeting with the Executive Secretary, Olufemi Adewole and other stakeholders from the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN), on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja.

In his introductory remarks, the DG of NOSDRA welcomed the Executive Secretary of DAPPMAN, stakeholders, staff of the Federal Ministry of Environment and members of the press and everyone in attendance. He disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to inform the members of the midstream and downstream sectors of the petroleum industry of the requirements and expectations during upcoming facility inspection visits. He added that NOSDRA is not just getting involved to generate revenue but also to add value to the organisations and proffer ways to make petroleum operation safer in these sectors. He said a checklist will be provided, as well as statutory instruments, for monitoring operations so they can be familiar with the laws guiding the operations of NOSDRA.

In a presentation by the Director of Special Duties, NOSDRA, Mr John Lahu, titled 'Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines for Facility Inspection in Midstream and Downstream Sectors', he stated that the presentation was aimed at acquainting stakeholders with environmental management. The presentation also contained a regulatory framework lifted from the NOSDRA Establishment Act, No. 15, 2006, No. 26 Oil Spill and Oily Waste Management Regulation, 2011 (part iv-ix), the Standard of Operation: Detailed Schedule, Annexes: Checklists and Forms for Site and Facility Inspection. At the end of his presentation, he explained that NOSDRA was more interested in compliance and not in sanctions.

The Executive Secretary of DAPPMAN, Mr Olufemi Adewale, appreciated NOSDRA for it's invitation and enlightenment on it's operations, as well as the assurance that the exercise was not a means of imposing excessive levies in the midstream and downstream sectors. He added that DAPPMAN was ready to work with NOSDRA to ensure that environment was safe. He pleaded for a synergy between NOSDRA, Ministry of Environment, Department of Petroleum Resources and other regulatory bodies so as to ensure that in the course of carrying out their operations, the activities of the marketers will not be distorted or put on hold. He assured NOSDRA that the marketers were willing to work with them.