The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMPDRA) has decided to spice things up with a humorous twist! In a surprising move, the authority has announced that starting from June 1st, 2023, unlicensed operators carrying around 500 liters of petroleum products will not be allowed to load or distribute. Get your licenses ready, folks!


No Laughing Matter: Heavy Penalties Await

Ogbugo Ukoha, the Executive Director of Distribution Systems, Storage, and Retailing Infrastructure at NMPDRA, dropped the punchline during a stakeholders’ engagement on gas utility in Nigeria. He issued a stern warning that there will be severe penalties for any depot or licensed operator foolish enough to supply petroleum products to an unlicensed facility. It’s no joke!


Compliance is Key (and Hilarious)

With a comedic touch, Ukoha urged operators with over 500-liter storage capacity to obtain their licenses and comply with the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and NMPDRA regulations. Remember, folks, obedience is funnier than sacrifice! Let’s all have a good laugh while doing the right thing.

No License, No Loading: The Comedy Begins

Ukoha emphasized, “As of June 1st, no license, no loading.” The countdown is on, and the clock is ticking. In just nine days, the comedy show begins! NMPDRA is dead serious about enforcing this hilarious regulation. Any licensed operator supplying petroleum products to an unlicensed facility will face the comedic consequences—shutting down operations. Cue the laugh track!

Embrace the Fun of Different Fuels

Engr. Farouk Ahmed, CEO of NMPDRA, represented by Dr. Mustapha Lamorde, Executive Director of Health, Safety, Environment, and Community, welcomed petroleum operators and consumers to the comedic side of things. They encouraged embracing the advantage of different fuels, especially gas. Let’s all enjoy the fun and benefits of a well-regulated petroleum industry.