DPR Dispenses Free Petrol In Kaduna

DPROfficials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have distributed free fuel to motorists in Kaduna, as sanction against marketers who are hoarding petroleum products or selling above official pump price.

Five service stations along the Nnamdi Azikiwe Bye-Pass in the state capital, were caught in the act and the agency dispensed petrol to motorists free of charge.

The monitoring team led by the DPR Kaduna Zonal Controller, stormed some of the petrol stations within the metropolis where they discovered that the owners were hoarding the product and have refused to sell to the public during day time, but operate only at night when they sell above the official pump price.

The agency said that its action is part of efforts to reduce the lingering fuel scarcity that has affected economic activities in the past two months and to also ensure that marketers adhere to the N86.50k official pump price.

Speaking to reporters, the DPR Kaduna Zonal Controller, Mr Sayyadi Sulaiman, said that the exercise was in compliance with the ministerial directive to dispense free fuel belonging to erring petrol stations found to be hoarding or selling above official pump price.

Motorists who benefited from the free fuel from the stations, confirmed the allegations against the fuel stations as they complained that they usually sold above pump price at night.

They commended the DPR for the action taking against unscrupulous marketers which they say would go a long way in addressing the situation.

DPR Seals Eight Petrol Stations In Kaduna

petrolThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Kaduna Zonal Office, has sealed eight Petrol stations in the state capital  and environs for selling petrol above the 87 Naira official pump price  and adjusting their sales machines to cheat customers.

The department’s Head of Engineering and Standards, Engineer Yahaya Maishera on Wednesday, said the petrol stations were caught  during a routine monitoring of service stations within the state capital.

Some of the sealed petrol stations are Tonsjos Service Station Kachia Road, Al-Mudeco Service station, Nnamdi Azikiwe Bye-pass, Mobil Service Station and Shema Petroluem among others.

The agency said they would remain closed, in addition to the owners paying  N100, 000 fine and signing an undertaking not to flout the rules of the agency.

According to Engineer Maishera, DPR has put measures in place to make sure that depot owners and marketers sell products at a rate that would enable the marketers sell at official pump price of 87 Naira per litre of petrol.

The agency also announced that 100 trucks of petrol had been lifted by different independent marketers from the Kaduna refinery for onward delivery to the states within the northern region.

It further assured residents of adequate monitoring of  the distribution of the products in order to ensure they are not diverted by marketers.