Wednesday, 21 February 2018

National News

DPR, Delta Seals 70 Petrol Stations In Six months

The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, (Warri Zonal Office) says it has sealed 70 Petrol Stations for alleged sharp practice in the past six months in parts of Delta State.

The DPR Operations Controller, Mr Antai Asuquo, who spoke to reporters, said the Stations were sanctioned for hoarding, under-dispensing, over pricing, abandonment and diversion of products.

He said the Stations were sealed in Warri, Ughelli, Sapele ,Ozoro ,Oleh ,Kwale, Agbor ,Ubiaruku , and Asaba.

According to him, the 70 Stations are part of the 446 Petrol Stations visited by the Department’s Surveillance Team.

Mr Asuquo said fuel was dispensed to motorists in two of the 70 filling Stations at no cost because the Stations were hoarding the products.

He said the exercise is a continuous one until the petroleum marketers complied with Government’s approved pump price of #145 per litre, adding that it is not their intention to seal any Petrol Station that has products but the products should be sold to the public at the regulated pump price.

Mr Asuquo advised marketers who indulge in sharp practices to desist from it because the Regulatory Agency would continue to go after them until full compliance was attained.

The controller warned depot owners against selling products above ex-depot price, as well as selling to third parties.

He appealed to the public to help the DPR with useful information on any Station selling above the regulated price.