The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has said it wants to collaborate with the new regulatory agencies created by the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) towards improving standards of petroleum products and facilities in the country.
The new agencies yet to become operational are the National Upstream Regulatory Commission and the National Downstream and Midstream Regulatory Authority (NDMRA).
The Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, stated this yesterday in Lagos during a one-day workshop for energy reporters. Salim added that he was looking forward to working with the executives of the new regulatory bodies on areas of overlapping interest to protect consumers of petroleum products.
He said the agency was also looking for areas of collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the industry to protect consumers of petroleum products against substandard and harmful products.
He added that the agency was deepening its partnership with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and other regulatory agencies to raise the level of awareness of expiration date and requalification markings on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders. He pointed out that the oil and gas industry was an area the agency was passionate about, saying there was the need for stakeholders in the industry to adhere strictly to standards to prevent avoidable destruction of lives and property.