DPR Seals Five Filling Stations, Threatens To Withdraw Operational Licenses

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has threatened to withdraw the operational licenses of five filling stations in Adamawa State.

According to the Acting Controller DPR, Adamawa and Taraba state, Laminga Mohammed, the stations erred by under dispensing of petroleum product.

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Addressing journalists in Yola, the capital, on Friday, Mohammed said some stations were not sealed because their activities conformed to the operational regulations of the DPR, and those caught will be penalised before they are reopened.

“So many stations were sealed, but some were not sealed. Those ones that were not sealed, the department is happy with their activities.

“Those that were sealed, most of them, the firefighting facilities are either inadequate or they are not there at all.

“Some of them also, their pumps were under dispensing with 10.5, meaning in every 10 litres dispensed to a customer, .5 litre is out. If a customer is buying 20 litres, he is sold 18 litres, of which the department cannot condone, so we have to seal and then show the marketers the TSA to pay the fines into the FG account before they are reopened,” he added.

Mr Mohammed warned that more surveillance exercise will be carried out and operational licences of defaulters will be withdrawn.

DPR Seals Three Filling Stations In Imo

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed three filling stations in Imo State.

Mr Peter Ijeh, the DPR Zonal Controller in Owerri, disclosed this to reporters on Friday in the state capital in South-east Nigeria.

According to him, the erring stations were sealed in various parts of the state for contravening the rules and guidelines of the operations of petroleum sales in Imo.

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The DPR official noted that the sealing took place during a routine monitoring operation across the state.

He accused the petroleum dealers of the affected stations of operating against the directive and standard of the agency, operating without a licence, and under-dispensing of products.

Ijeh stressed that it was the statutory obligations of the DPR to monitor and regulate the activities of the petroleum marketers.

He explained that this was to enforce the directives of the Federal Government of ensuring that fuel products were made available to the public at N145 per little.

The DPR added that the operation was aimed at ensuring that consumers get satisfaction for services paid for.

He insisted that the erring filling stations would remain shut until they meet the standard.

DPR Seals 12 Filling Stations In Taraba

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it has sealed 12 petrol stations in Taraba State for none compliance to its rules of operation.

The Operations Controller, Jalingo field office, Mr Jeremiah Mashat, disclosed this on Wednesday.

According to him, some of the stations were guilty of under-dispensing the product and selling higher than the actual price.

Meanwhile, he also stated that the agency has granted site clearance for two locations for the installations of Liquefied Petroleum Gas plants in the state.

According to Mashat, the exercise is the first of its kind since the establishment of their office accommodation in Jalingo, in April 2019.

Before now, they usually come from Yola, the Adamawa State capital, to check client compliance, quality, quantity, price enforcement and operational safety as well as licencing of the facilities.

Mashat also disclosed that their campaign is not restricted to only filling stations but will soon extend to Gas retailers.

“We are going to extend our surveillance to the nooks and crannies of Taraba to ensure that Taraba State citizens feel our presence in the state,” he said.

DPR Shuts Down Four Filling Stations In Port Harcourt

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has shut down four filling stations in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

According to the agency, the filling stations violated the operational guidelines handed down to marketers to desist from fraudulent practices against the public and motorists.

Zonal Operational Director of DPR, Mr Bassey Nkanga, disclosed this during an interview with journalists in the state, shortly after a surveillance visit to 38 filing station.

He further explained that two of the filling stations were shut down for under dispensing, one for obstruction and the other, for operating without a valid licence.

According to him, the four stations will be fined and those guilty of under dispensing would be made to pay a sum of N100,000 to the Federal Government.

He also assured Nigerians that the exercise is a continuous process until all markets comply with the laid down rules and regulations.

The DPR boss stressed that the agency will not tolerate any form of non-compliance and any attempt to cheat unsuspecting members of the public.

DPR Seals Nine Petrol Stations In Yenagoa

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed nine petrol stations in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The action follows a surveillance exercise to check the standard of filling stations to ascertain if the stations are compiling with standard mode of operation by DPR.

According to the Head of Operations of the agency, Ibinabo Jack, some petrol stations including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the capital were discovered to have been under dispensing their products to unsuspecting customers.

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Others were accused of operating with expired licenses and faulty equipment, a situation that didn’t go down well with the agency.

Jack believes that the sealing up of the petrol stations will serve as a deterrent to others petrol vendors from defrauding their customers and flouting laid down procedures.

DPR Seals 57 Petrol Stations, Gas Plants In Kaduna

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed 53 petrol stations and four gas refilling plants in Kaduna State.

DPR’s Zonal Operations Controller, Isa Tafida, told reporters on Tuesday during a monitoring exercise that the facilities were sealed for various offences.

He said some of the erring petrol and gas stations were penalised for selling below the N145 approved pump price, under-delivery, and non-compliance to safety regulations.

Other offences he listed include operating without license, construction and operation without DPR licence, and installation of facilities without approval.

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Mr Tafida revealed that the Department inspected no fewer than 300 petrol stations between the months of July and August.

He explained that this was to ensure compliance and to also make sure people are not short-changed by unscrupulous marketers, especially as the Sallah festival draws closer.

He added that the exercise would also help to checkmate diversion of products and hoarding, selling above government approved pump price, and under-delivery by petroleum marketers among others.

The zonal operations controller who led other officials on the inspection tour said the DPR has intensified its operations within the state, in furtherance of its constitutional responsibilities.

According to him, a petrol station located along Kaduna-Zaria Expressway was found to be collecting and diverting petroleum products outside the country.

Mr Tafida stressed that the operation of illegal gas plants without licence and under unsafe condition was illegal and would not be allowed.

He warned operators of gas plants to stop selling products to retailers due to the inherent risks to the public.

The DPR official also asked them to ensure that stringent safety measures were applied in accordance with international best practice

He noted that the ongoing surveillance of marketers across Kaduna would be sustained to ensure that petroleum operations and facilities were kept in check in the interest and safety of the masses.

The Department is saddled with the responsibility of monitoring and supervising activities of the oil and gas industry across the country, with a view to instilling sanity and orderliness in the system.

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DPR Seals Filling Station In Katsina

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed a filling station in Katsina State, north-western Nigeria.

The filling station which was sealed on Friday is located in Jibia Local Government Area of the state, sharing a boundary with the Niger Republic.

However, transactions at the facility are being carried out in Nigerien currency – CFA franc.

Addressing reporters during the monitoring exercise, the Operations Comptroller at the Katsina DPR Field Office, Muhammad Aminu, explained the reasons why they decided to seal the facility.

He said the move was part of measures to discourage not only the diversion of petroleum products allotted to the station on July 29 and 30, but to also prevent sale of products to smugglers from the neighbouring country.

Mr Aminu said the station manager at the facility would be penalised for using a generator to dispense fuel close to the pump and selling the products inside jerrycans.

He called on the public to inform the agency whenever they found any station suspected to be selling the products mixed with water in order not to harm them.

The DPR official added that the exercise would continue until the practice was discouraged to the barest minimum.

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DPR Seals Some Filling Stations In Delta

 

The Department of Petroleum and Resources (DPR) has sealed some petrol stations in Asaba, Delta State, for allegedly under-dispensing petroleum products.

After inspecting various petroleum outlets in the state, Mr Ogboni Efe Bright who represented the Zonal Operations Controller and led the operations said the DPR is concerned about ensuring that customers get maximum value for products to purchase.

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He, therefore, assured the public that the DPR would continue to enforce the law until there is total compliance.

Mr Efe also urged all marketers to comply with the regulation on pump price so that consumers would not suffer.

DPR Seals Filling Stations In Rivers, Kano

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed over 30 filling stations in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The sanction follows the engagement  in fraudulent activities  and attempting to sabotage the efforts of government in the regulation of the industry by the affected stations.

According to the DPR Zonal Operations Controller for River State, Mr Bassey Nkanga, the erring filling stations were sealed because they’ve made it a habit to tamper with their equipment.

“Before this time, we had a meeting with IPMAN and the marketers and we advised that DPR will no longer tolerate any form of illegality and attempt to cheat the public in any way,” he said.

Reacting to the closure, a motorist commended the agency for the intervention, stressing that such act would curb corruption within the system.

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Speaking to Channels Television, he regretted that most filling stations do not dispense petroleum products in the right measurement.

“We buy fuel of N1,000, N2,000 and it is not complete. That is what they do everywhere and if you people continue, kudos to you. You are doing a very good job and I appreciate it,” he said.

Similarly, some fuel stations within Kano metropolis have were also sealed off after their management were found to be under delivering or operating with expired documents.

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DPR Seals At Least 20 Illegal Fuel Stations In Plateau

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Jos, Plateau State, has sealed off at least 20 illegal fuel stations.

Operations Controller of the DPR Jos field office, Jerome Agada, confirmed this to journalists on Friday.

According to the officials, some of the retail outlets visited did not have the required permit to operate while some do not conform to technical and electrical specifications required as well as structural construction for such facility.

Meanwhile, 18 persons were also arrested for operating the various illegal retail outlets.

Agada noted that the exercise was part of measures to ensure sanity in the petroleum retail outlet business as well as compel operators to comply with rules and regulations in providing efficient services to the public.

DPR Seals Fuel Stations For Hoarding Product In Abeokuta

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has sealed up some fuel stations in Abeokuta metropolis for hoarding, creating artificial scarcity and under dispensing of products.

Leading the exercise in Abeokuta, the state capital, the head of operations in the Ogun office of the Department of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Muinat Bello -Zagi admonished consumers to avoid panic buying and hoarding of products at home, as she also frowned at the diversion of products by marketers.

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She said affected stations would be appropriately sanctioned by the agency to serve as a deterrent to others.

The situation in Abeokuta has been put under control as fuel stations are now dispensing products while consumers are being served without any hindrance a deviation from the experience of yesterday where some of the fuel stations put their outlets under lock and key thereby creating artificial scarcity.

FEC Approves Committee For Infrastructure Spending

 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, approved the establishment of a committee made up of cabinet ministers and selected private sector investors, to source for alternative means of financing infrastructure.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, briefed journalists after a six-hour closed-door meeting that the target is to boost infrastructure spending to a N10-20 billion range annually over the next five years.

Enelamah stressed that the Federal Government plans to achieve the plan by partnering with other key sectors and meetings would begin by April 2019.

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The council also approved N1.4 billion for the design of a proposed 12-floor building for the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Abuja.

According to Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, the proposed building will serve as the head office of DPR, and the contract has been awarded to a Nigerian firm.

The regulatory and supervisory arm of the ministry of petroleum is currently based in Lagos and the minister stressed that the move to Abuja would be instrumental for income generation.