Nigeria is ready to offer its support towards achieving the harmonisation of standards in the petroleum sector in the sub-region, Jerome Udegbunam, Head of Products, Depots and Jetties at the Department of Petroleum Resources, has said.
Speaking at the 2nd edition of the Ghana International Petroleum Conference in Accra on Friday June 8, Mr. Udegbunam said Nigeria is committed to ensuring that products discharged into neighboring countries including Ghana meet the required specifications and are void of all forms of contamination.
“As at 2017, Nigeria was consuming about 32 million liters of pms on a daily basis. This has risen to 50 million litres per day and contamination of petroleum products but weak regulatory standards, particularly in the West African region, among other things, is having negative impact on the health of citizens and reduces the ability of the country to compete with other industry players in the sector,” he lamented.
“If it is below specification in Nigeria and is affecting Nigerian citizens health-wise, it’s also going to affect other countries in West Africa. Therefore, the need for this harmonization cannot be overemphasized. It is going to be to the benefit of every one of us and so, Nigeria as a nation is ready to collaborate with other countries in West Africa to achieve this laudable objective,” Mr. Udegbunam pledged.
The move forms part of efforts to achieve clean fuels and improve the quality of petroleum products in the sub-region through the reduction of sulphur content and fuel pollution in the sector.
To him, it is important that such products which have the tendency to affect health and lives of individuals are regulated, monitored and subsequently importers of such products sanctioned if the products fall beneath the set standards.