The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it has recovered 13,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol diverted by a marketer, B. A Bello in Kumo town of Akko Local Government Area, Gombe state.
The DPR Controller Gombe zonal office, Abdullahi Abawa, confirmed this to Journalists over the weekend in Gombe.
Abawa said the recovered product was sold to motorists at official pump price of N145.
Speaking further, Abawa disclosed that last week DPR sealed the filling station after discovering that the marketer diverted 15,000 out of the 45, 000 litres of supply he received from NNPC.
He said that he ordered that the filling station should remain sealed pending the time the marketer return the litres of fuel he diverted.
According to Abawa, oil marketers hardly heed to advise and warnings from the department but always flout DPR’s regulations.
“DPR does not have penchant for sealing filling stations. The most important thing is to commit marketers to obey DPR’s statutory regulations,” he said.
While noting that DPR and marketers are partners, Abawa pointed out that with the fuel situation in the country, sealing up filling stations should be the last option.
“DPR tries to make marketers understand the foolishness and lack of wisdom in diverting, hoarding or hiking pump price. We let them understand the dangers of getting involved in such activities,” he explained.
Abawa added that DPR in Gombe brings together marketers regularly with a view to making them understand the regulations so as to reduce sharp practices associated with the business.
The DPR controller described as cheering, the gradual disappearance of long queues at filling stations, particularly in Gombe, attributing the feat to steady fuel supply.
“In the last one week, there has been some improvement in supply and that’s cheering,” he said.
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