Motorists Get Free Fuel As DPR Penalises Fuel Stations In Plateau

DPRThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Plateau State has enforced free distribution of fuel to motorist, after it discovered that some service stations were hoarding the product.

During a monitoring exercise by the DPR on Wednesday, some fuel stations found selling the product above the recommended government price of 87 Naira were sealed.

The Operations Controller of the DPR, Caesar Douglas, explained that some of the marketers have been engaging in illegal activities ranging from hoarding, selling above government approved prices, as well as diverting petroleum products and operating without license.

At one of the service stations, the officials discovered that over 4,000 litres of petrol kept in the underground storage tank was not dispensed to the public, and they were also selling at 145 Naira per litre.

In November, about 23 fuel stations were sealed off in the state for various offences during an inspection exercise carried out by the organisation.

DPR Says 294 Trucks Of PMS Supplied To Abuja

DPRThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Tuesday said that a total of 149 trucks of petrol was supplied to Abuja and its environs on Tuesday November 17.

The Head Public Relations, DPR Abuja, Mr Mohammed Saidu, said that this supply has brought the total number of PMS supplied to Abuja between Monday, November 16 and Tuesday, 17 to 294 trucks.

Saidu, who said that the measure was to ease off fuel queues at filling stations in the city, said that 145 trucks was supplied to Abuja and its environs on Monday.

While giving the breakdown of the PMS supplied on Tuesday, he explained that 99 trucks were supplied inside Abuja city with Forte Oil receiving four trucks, while Conoil received 10 trucks.

According to him, Mobil had eight trucks, as MRS was supplied with seven trucks, while NIPCO and Oando got six and 11 trucks respectively.

He stated that Total received 14 trucks, while NNPC retail was allocated 34 trucks as IPMAN had five trucks.

He said that 50 trucks were dispersed to immediate and extended environment of the capital city. The immediate environment had 32 trucks, while extended environment received 18 trucks.

The DPR Director, Mordecai Ladan, had earlier warned petroleum products marketers against engaging in sharp practices or face sanctions like licence revocation or N2 million fine.

Ladan gave the warning while speaking against the backdrop of the purported resurgence of fuel scarcity in some parts of the country.

He warned petroleum products depots and filling station owners to desist from products diversion, hoarding, pump manipulation as well as selling products above government approved prices.

He said that any petroleum products marketer who engages in the act of diversion, hoarding or under-dispensing would be prosecuted and treated like an economic saboteur.

“Marketers caught diverting or hoarding products for profiteering shall be sanctioned with a fine of N2 million in addition to having their operating license revoked and prosecuted for national economic sabotage,” he warned.

The DPR boss linked the resurgence of fuel queues in some states of the country to the nefarious activities of unscrupulous marketers who are in the habit of diversion of petroleum products to other sources apart from dispensing pumps at filling station at the appropriate price of N87 per litre.

DPR Seals Erring Fuel Stations In Plateau

DPR Seals Erring Fuel Stations In PlateauThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has shutdown no fewer than 23 fuel stations in Jos, Plateau State, for various offences during an inspection exercise carried out by the organisation.

This comes as part of the DPR’s statutory duty of monitoring sales of petroleum products to ensure that there is strict compliance and adherence to regulations across Nigeria.

DPR Operations Controller in Jos, Caesar Douglas, told Channels Television that some of the marketers had been engaging in illegal activities ranging from hoarding, selling above government approved prices as well as diverting petroleum products and operating without license.

Mr Douglas maintained that each of the offences committed by the marketers carried different penalties ranging from total closure to fines as well as prosecution.

A motorist, James Ahmadu, lamented that the unpleasant activities of some of the marketers had resulted to scarcity of the product in the capital city, which had made motorists stayed for hours before getting the product.

The exercise, which is a continuous one is part of strategies by the DPR to monitor sales of the products and curb hoarding especially during the festive seasons and avoid the artificial scarcity that have been associated with the period.