Filling stations shortchanging buyers in Kebbi and Sokoto are under fire by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), as the institution has sealed no fewer than 13 of them. This was disclosed by the Zonal Operations Controller of DPR overseeing Kebbi and Sokoto states, Mr Muhammad Makera, while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, July, 23, 2019.
According to him, the filling stations found wanting were sealed between Monday July 15 to Friday July 19, 2019. Out of the thirteen affected stations, ten were located in Sokoto while 3 were located in Kebbi.
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Speaking further, the Zonal Controller stated that six of the stations came under DPR scrutiny for not selling at the standard rates, and were guilty of under dispensing petroleum products. Five stations were found guilty of operating in the industry without valid licenses. One station in each of the states was guilty of flouting safety precautions.
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In enforcing regulations, the DPR official said that they had been to about 250 stations in Sokoto and 300 stations in Kebbi in the course of the operation. It came as a surprise to them when most of the stations claimed to not be aware of the Department’s regulations. He advised them to shun illegal practices as they would pay for their actions when caught by the law.
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Makera emphasized on the need for continuous updating of licenses for operators in order to be on the right side of the law. He urged individuals to be vigilant of operators indulging in corrupt practices, and report them to the DPR to enable them protect the interests of consumers. According to him, the institution was committed to making fuel available to the public at ₦145 per liter. He also urged the masses not to engage in panic buying.