The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Ogun State office, has over the last five weeks sanctioned over thirty filling stations for violating various offences of Petroleum marketing in Nigeria.
This was disclosed on Thursday by the Operations Controller in the state, Munat Bello Zagi, during an interactive session with stakeholders comprising of major and independent marketers in the state.
According to her, the fuel situation has improved in the state to about 75 percent saying her office has been going round the state to ensure marketers don’t flout the regulated price of 145 naira per litre.
She however lamented the shady habits of some marketers who in some instances under dispense or sell above official price. She said the sanctions range from warning, fines, outright sealing of the offending outlets and suspension.
Zagi further stated that her department would continue to monitor the marketers to ensure availability of the products to the motoring public when available and continue to sanction erring marketers.
She urged the general public not to engage in panic buying saying the current situation would soon be a thing of the past.
While thanking some of the marketers for playing their roles in ensuring availability of product to the public, she warned the bad ones to stop their illegal act in the interest of Nigerians saying if they don’t, the long arm of the law will always catch up with them.
Answering questions from newsmen, the chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Mosinmi depot, Mr Samuel Idowu, said the fuel scarcity in the country will only abate when the federal government allows other players in the downstream sector to import Petroleum.
According to him the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, alone cannot adequately supply the whole country efficiently.
He said the country should engage the services of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria, DAPPMAN, and Major Marketers to increase product availability saying before IPMAN was getting 30 percent from NNPC now it has been cut to 20 percent.
On the allegations of product diversion and other illegal activities by IPMAN members, Idowu said the federal government should tighten security along illegal routes saying his members have been sensitised to buy products only from federal government at 133 per litre and stop patronising outlets that charge higher.
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