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DPR Seals 15 Petrol Stations In A’Ibom


DPR Seals 15 Petrol Stations In A’Ibom

The Department of Petroleum Resources, Eket Field Office, has shut down 15 petrol stations for selling fuel above the government approved pump price of N145 per litre.

The Operations Controllers of the agency in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, said this during its surveillance operations in the state on Tuesday.

He explained that despite the agency’s monitoring of petrol stations in Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Obot Akara, and Uyo last week, marketers were not deterred as they continued diverting and selling the product above the regulated price.

Kingsley-Sundaye added that many filling stations, after getting the products from Calabar depot, took same to non-existing stations in remote areas.

He said any petrol station found guilty of fuel diversion would pay a fine of N6m into government purse or pay N200 per litre for the quantity of product loaded from the depot.

According to him, the DPR had written to a depot at Calabar to stop releasing products to non-existing and abandoned petrol stations in Akwa Ibom.

“We have challenged all the filling stations in the state to, within 48 hours, produce evidence that they are in full operation, while anyone that defaults will be blacklisted from the depot list,” he said.

He cautioned depot owners against selling petroleum products above the official price to marketers in the state.

Kingsley-Sundaye asked marketers not to dispense petroleum products above government-approved pump price to members of the public.

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