By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has posited that without Minimum Industry Safety Training for Downstream Operations (MISTDO) training for downstream workers, there would be no renewal of licences for the operators.
According to DPR, “No personnel (including petroleum tanker drivers and motor boys) shall be permitted to engage in downstream operations without Minimum Industry Safety Training for Downstream Operations (MISTDO) training at facilities in Osun State as from January 1st,2021.”
Speaking at the 2020 Maiden Annual General Meeting (AGM) of DPR Osogbo Field Office, the Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Department, Eng. Sarki Auwalu, it has become imperative to maintain higher safety standards.
He said, “As we are all aware, the issue of safety in the oil and gas industry can never be overemphasised. Due to the growth in the sector, we have witnessed some unpleasant incidents around us which have resulted in the loss of live, damaged properties and environmental pollution. Some of these incidents have co.e from fallen tankers, petrol station fires, gas explosion and vandalism.”
Auwalu, who was represented by Mrs. Osode, the Head of Servicom of the agency, noted that while some operators may have been tempted in the past to compromise safety standards, saying it has become apparent that there are actual long term economic benefits to be derived from greater investment in maintaining higher safety standards.
In his welcome address, the Operations Controller for Osogbo Field Office, Eng. A.P. Daboh, emphasised the need for operators in the industry to be conscious of basic safety tips and necessary precautionary measures.
“The oil and gas business do not only generate financial value but also cause harzards if not properly handled. To this end, DPR has successfully launched MISTIDO . This programme is targeted at the process and equipment, as well as workers in the downstream sector, which include petroleum tanker drivers, motor boys and attendants in the petroleum sector”.
Presenting a paper on the topic:” Safety Practices in the Production, Transportation and Handling of LPG-General Overview and the way forward”, an expert in oil and gas, Dr. Oyet Gogomery cautioned tanker drivers to exercise utmost caution, saying the products are the potential bomb.
Gogomery noted that the situation where tanker drivers and other drivers of articulated vehicles compete on the road for space portends serious danger for road users and the environment at large.