Published On: Wed, Feb 21st, 2018

Filling Stations Sealed For Over Pricing And Diversion Of Petroleum Product.(DPR)

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7 petrol station has been shut down in Warri Delta state by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) over dishonesty which include over pricing,hoarding,under-dispensing and diversion of petroleum product.
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC Dr Maikati Baru and Mr Onyenefa Chuks, Head, Downstream Operations, Warri Zonal office told newsmen what led to shutting down of 5 petrol stations in warri and shutting down of 2 in Asaba delta state.
The surveillance team led by Mr. Chuks said that,“A retail outlet belonging to Mobil in Asaba was sealed for allegedly diverting over 12,000 litres of fuel. “Another outlet in Isele-Uku owned by Rainoil was also sanctioned for selling above the government approved pump price of N145 per litre.
According to Mr Onyenefa he said that over 11 stations were visited in Asaba and most of them dispensed at the controlled pump price without being compelled to do so.“ Mobil filling station was sealed because it received product on Saturday, sold over the weekend according to them, but could not provide the sales book when we demanded for it. “They will come to our office with evidence that the products were sold and then we will unseal the station. “But if they are unable to do so, they will pay the penalty that goes with the diversion of products, which is N200 per litre of the quantity of product lifted” he said.
Mr. Chuks begged the marketers to abide by the regulatory rules on pump price so that the consumers would not suffer over pricing, hoarding, under-dispensing and diversion of petroleum product, and also assuring that DPR would continue to enforce the law until there was total compliance.

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