Few days after 15 illegal petrol stations operating without a license in Osun State were shut, another 10 of such stations were on Sunday sealed off by the Department of Petroleum Resources(DPR), Osogbo field Office.
The DPR’s Operations Controller, Ademola Makinde, who disclosed this to journalists in Osogbo, expressed concern over the proliferation of illegal petrol stations across the state.
According to him, officials of DPR discovered during surveillance that many petrol stations in Osogbo and Ilesha were operating within residential areas.
Makinde, however, assured that the DPR would continue to ensure that standard that would guarantee safety, were followed before any operator would be allowed to start opetations.
He said: “We are not saying people should not do business but for them to do so, they have to follow the laid dpown safety rules and regulations.
“Many of these illegal gas plants and gas skid operates without a valid licence and also within residential areas.
“This cannot be tolerated and that is why our surveillance team will not leave any stone unturned in its bid to ensure that safety standards were maintained in the gas business in the state.”