The Nigerian Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has reopened eight tank farms in Lagos that were closed on 13 September 2021 by the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) after a planning dispute.
LASPPPA had claimed that the eight tank farms – Wosbab Energy Solutions, Emadeb Energy Services, Mao Petroleum, Menj Oil, Oceanpride Energy Services, AA Rano Nigeria, AIPEC Oil and Gas, and First Royal Oil – did not have the correct planning permits. All the tank farms are located in Ijegun-Egba, Satellite Town, Lagos. The area has 13 tank farms which receive 35-40% of all petroleum ports coming into Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city and the second largest city in Africa.
Ayorinde Cardoso, the DPR’s zonal operations controller for Lagos says in a statement that LASPPPA did not have the constitutional power to close the tank farms, as the industry falls under the Nigerian federal government’s ‘Exclusive List’, which gives the government exclusive jurisdiction. The industry is also protected by constitutional powers under the Petroleum Act. Cardoso says that as a result of the Act, all persons engaging in the importation, handling, storage and distribution of petroleum, petroleum products and other flammable oils, are licenced by the petroleum resources minister through the DPR.
’These people are providing service to the nation and if you disrupt that service there will be fuel scarcity everywhere,’ says Cardoso. ‘This is why we are taking proactive action to immediately reopen the tank farms and if LASPPPA have any issue with the operators they should come to us to see how it can be resolved.’