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.

Kaduna, Plateau Beef Up Security at Public Places

Security agencies in Plateau and Kaduna have deployed more men to strategic areas in the states ahead of the Christmas and New Year holiday to ensure a hitch-free celebration.

The special task force in Plateau State and the Kaduna State Police Command said that they had made adequate arrangements to ensure that public places, including churches, markets and recreational centres were well secured during the period.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr Olufemi Adenaike, said that the command, in collaboration with other security agencies in the state had designed measures to ensure the safety of residents and motorists at all parts of the state during the period.

Speaking to Channels Television on the preparedness of his men to ensure a hitch free celebration, Mr Adenaike called on religious bodies to also put security measures in place in their places of worship during the Christmas service in view of the current security situation in the North.

To forestall any breakdown of law and order at the motor parks, passengers were subjected to thorough security checks on their vehicles and luggage by officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

This measure, according to the union’s chairman, is to ensure that the security of passengers is guaranteed at the motor park and to avoid attack by terrorists.

Passengers Decry Increase In Transport Fares

On their part, the passengers complained of high increase in transportation fares which they said had doubled due to the Christmas celebration.

Reacting to the development, the Public Relations Officer of North West Zonal office of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mohammed Saidu, told Channels Television that there was enough fuel to serve motorists during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“A task force team has been dispatched by the agency to ensure that petroleum marketers do not cash-in on the festivities to increase the pump price of petroleum products,” Saidu further stated.