The Department of Petroleum Resources has closed the doors of 5 petrol statiions in Cross River State. The offence is selling petrol higher than the ₦145 price per liter approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The shutdown was revealed to the Press by Philip Awolu, Operations Controller of the DPR in the state capital Calabar on Sunday, October 27, 2019.
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Naijauto found out that the operation carried out in the state was championed by the DPR Head of Operations in Calabar, SirCham Musa-Mohammed.
The Controller stated that the affected filling stations were sealed after it was discovered that they were ripping off the public which is against standards of selling petrol in the sector. According to him, his men had paid a visit to 51 stations in the Northern part of the state. Among the 51 stations, 48 of them were open for business while the remaining 3 were not open for business due to lack of petrol.
“Out of the 51 stations visited, five were sealed for selling above the pump price of ₦145 per liter, others closed for under dispensing and other offences
“When we deployed our officials to the field, we sensitized the public on the need to have a license before they can set up a filling station.
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Awolu further revealed that marketers who were yet to regularize their stations had been issued a notice to do the needful. Failure to acquire the recommended operation licenses would lead to sanctions.
Irregular practices lead to fuel scarcity
Addressing the issue of distributing petrol from the state capital to various parts of the state, Awolu said that there was enough quantity to go round, and advised residents of the state not to engage in panic buying. Speaking further, he acknowledged that stations in the Northern part of the state were selling above the standard price due to the long distance. Proffering a remedy to this, he advised them to join the federal government’s Petroleum Equalization Fund initiative to ease the transportation burden on them.
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