Kerosene explosion: DPR takes awareness campaign to markets in Calabar

Mudiaga Affe, Calabar

The Department of Petroleum Resources in Calabar has carried out an awareness campaign to Watt Market and Etim Edem Park to enlighten the people on the safety measures of using kerosene in their homes.

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The Operations Controller of DPR in Cross River State, Mr. Bassey Nkanga, who led his team on the campaign, said the awareness campaign became necessary due to the recorded cases of kerosene explosions which have claimed several lives and leaving others with severe burns.

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Addressing a crowd of women and men at the Watt market, Nkanga urged the traders to always have a dedicated gallon for kerosene usage.

He also told them not to patronise kerosene hawkers, but rather get the product from filling stations or licensed surface tanks operators.

According to him, DPR frowns on some hawkers who get the product and in turn mixed it with other substances in order to produce more products for self benefits.

He said, “In the past few weeks, there have been cases of kerosene incident and our investigation revealed that some people do not know the right way to use kerosene and that it why we have decided to embark on this campaign.

“What we are doing here today is to enlighten you on the safe usage of kerosene and the appropriate source where you can get this product. Always keep your lantern or stove cool before the introduction of kerosene into the system.

“For safety, you must have a dedicated gallon for kerosene alone because some people use a single gallon for fuel and kerosene and this is very harmful.

“Some parents who send their little children to go and buy kerosene do not know the negative effect. We have had cases where children mistakenly carry the kerosene gallon to buy fuel, such situations could be disastrous.”

A market woman, Mrs. Regina Isong, lauded the initiative of the DPR, saying that the exercise was for the safety of the public.

Also speaking, the Assistant Commander of NSCDC and Head of Operations in the state command, Mr. Pius Nwuchola, said that NSCDC has a mandate to curb illegal dealings in petroleum product.

“From the meeting we had, it shows the synergy and collaboration between the NSCDC and the DPR. We have resolved to swing into action immediately by going to the remote areas where surface tankers are being operated to check out for their licence,” he said.

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