…warns Against Illegal Refining of Petroleum Products in the State.
The Executive Assistant to Delta State Governor on Petroleum Monitoring, Mr Oghenekome Okpobor has commiserated with the families of the dead and injured victims of the fire disaster which recently occurred in Enhwe community, Isoko South Local Government Area of the State.
Mr Okpobor in a release from his office, expressed grave shock at the quantum loss of lives in the fire incident and prayed for the repose of the dead and quick recovery of the injured.
While condoling the oil producing community over the unfortunate incident, the Executive Assistant warned operators of illegal refineries in the state to desist from such act as their activities were linked to the inferno which claimed lives of precious Deltans.
“From information gathered, the source of the fire has been linked to alleged illegally refined petroleum products which exploded due to heat. I appeal to Deltans not to engage in such activities as refining of petroleum products illegally, stands prohibited in the state and Nigeria.
“My Office will no longer tolerate the production and distribution of Sub-standard Petroleum products to Deltans”, adding that, “the state government will encourage the licensing of modular refineries to assist those already in the trade through the Ministry of Oil and Gas. Hence, my appeal to those involved to reach out to my office before we reach out to them with the strong arm of the law”.
Meanwhile, sources inside Enhwe community revealed that the explosion at the illegal site where crude oil was been refined into different petroleum products, killed over 10 persons at the spot with scores inflicted with various degrees of injuries.