DPR Seals Fuel Service Station In Makurdi

DPR-seal-fuel-service-stationThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has provided Benue sate  residents with dedicated telephone lines and daily manifest to to track sales and distribution of products. 

The development is part of surveillance and monitoring efforts stepped up to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products across the state.

The new strategy, according to the Operations Controller for the DPR in charge of Benue and Nasarawa States, Mr Benjamin Ewuga, is aimed at eliciting public support to help curb product diversion being perpetrated by marketers in the state.

He told reporters that the dismay was that over 11,000 out of a 33,000 litres of fuel was fraudulently diverted by a marketer in Makurdi, only for the product to surface when the DPR team began sealing off service stations.

Over 529,000 litres of petroleum product were received by major oil marketers in Benue State, as daily supply for May 3.

The DPR team moved around town to enforce the 86.50 Naira official price on defaulting service stations.

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 Faults Depot Owners For Fuel Scarcity Across Nigeria

fuel_queueMajor oil marketers are blaming the current fuel scarcity on depot owners who now sell to the marketers at N91.00 instead of the control price of N76.50 kobo to enable them sell to motorist at N87.00.

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Controller for Nasarawa\Benue States, Mr Benjamin Ewuga told Channels Television that investigations and information gathered from the marketers so far, implicates some depot owners.

According to the DPR report, Mr Ewuga said, it is gathering proof against depot owners identified to be selling the product for as high as N97.00 per litre to marketers for further sanctions.

Most fuel stations in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, including the NNPC Mega station have been shut to motorist, some of whom went out as early as 5.00AM to queue with the hope of buying the product.

While most of the fuel stations are closed to motorists, the only station dispensing fuel at N87.00 in Makurdi, experiences long queues.