Nigerians continue to face the dilemma of fuel scarcity as the new year celebration fades. The DPR has raised its game to sanction erring petrol stations.
The Warri Zonal Office of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, in Delta State has axed 95 petrol stations for flaying the rules of the agency.
The Zonal Operations Controller, Mr. Antai Asuquo, revealed on Thursday to NAN that the sealed petrol station was due to offences like hoarding, over-pricing and diversion of products.
He added that between December 2017 and January 3, over 80 petrol stations were sanctioned while 15 others have been booked by the agency in the past one week.
“DPR has been monitoring and we will continue to intensify surveillance to ensure that marketers and depot owners comply strictly with the government approved pump prices.
“We have sanctioned over 80 erring petrol stations before and in the last one week, we have sealed additional 15 stations across the state for hoarding, over-pricing and diversion of products.
“We deploy two monitoring teams every working day to the field to ensure that we effectively covered all the Local Government Areas in Delta.
“We also revisit the already visited petrol stations to ensure they dispense at the approved pump price of N145 per litre to the consumers,” he said..
Asuquo urged depot owners to support government’s effort towards normalising the situation, adding that marketers should stop patronising depots that sell above-approved price.
“We appeal to the depot owners to sell at the government approved price as the product is provided to them by the government, they should also sell directly to the marketers rather than the “bulk or third party,” Asuquo said.
Mr. Asuquo applauded the support of the Department of State Service, DSS, for its support.