Read What DPR Did To Fuel Marketers In Delta For Hoarding Products
In order to end the issue of fuel scarcity across the country, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has begun to sanction fuel marketers nationwide.
The sector has shut down about 95 stations in Delta state since the beginning of the crisis.
This was relayed to reporters in an interview granted by the Warri zonal Operations controller of the sector, Mr Antai Asuquo in Warri on Wednesday.
According to Asuquo, 28 fuel stations have been shut down over the issue in less than two weeks.
The different fuel stations were either guilty of hoarding the products, selling above the normal price or diversion of the product.
In the words of Asuquo “In the last nine days, we have sanctioned over 28 stations over offences bordering on hoarding, over-pricing, under-dispensing and diversion of products and we will continue to do that until there is full compliance”.
The officers of the sector are now up and doing as they carry out their daily activities diligently in order to manage the situation properly. They also ensure that the product is not being sold above the normal price which is N145 per litre.
Asuquo said, “Our officers go to the field almost every day to monitor sales of petroleum products at filling stations across the state and in the process, defaulters are sanctioned in line with the DPR rules”.
“Aside the first visit, we also revisit the stations to ensure that the marketers do not derail from the government approved pump price they claimed to have adhered to.”
“ We also visit depot owners to advise them against selling to bulk buyers and third parties so that the independent marketers can have access to the product at the government approved ex-depot price of N133.28k per litre.”
The controller noted that the situation is now better, as he revealed that some of the marketers are now following the laid down rules, as some of them now even sell below the normal pump price.
Quoting him, he said, “However, there is an improvement in the fuel situation compared to before, many stations in Delta now have the product and some dispensing at the government approved price.”
According to the controller, the DPR has also reopened some of the filling stations that were earlier sanctioned over the matter after which they have carried out the punishment awarded to them.
“We have also unsealed a sizeable number of filling stations that were earlier sealed for various offences after they have paid their fines,’’ he said.