DPR seals 30 filling stations in Sokoto, Kebbi States in 11 months

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

Department of Petroleum ( DPR) sealed 30 filling stations Sokoto and States between January and November because of various offences.
DPR’s Zonal Operations Controller charge of Sokoto and States, Alhaji Umar Moriki, announced this on Sokoto at 2013 annual marketers’ meeting.
He listed the offences include under-delivery, selling above government-approved pump and dilapidation of structures.
Moriki added that the affected filling stations cut across independent and major marketers.
The controller further announced that the department had uncovered 30 illegal filling stations the states.
“Some of them have been completed while others are still ongoing.
“Twenty of them are in State while the remaining 10 are located in Sokoto State,” he said.
He said, however, that: “The department is taking serious steps towards addressing this ugly trend and will reprimand any defaulting marketer.”
Moriki warned the owners of petroleum stations in the states against condoning cheating by pump attendants.
“Reports reaching us indicate that pump attendants are in the habit of surcharging the .
” This trend has become rampant now. Owners of filling stations are hereby warned call employees order.
” Otherwise, we will assume that the owners are actively involved in this malpractice,” he said.
Moriki reminded the marketers that the prices of PMS (petrol) and DPK (kerosene) were regulated and that had fixed prices at N97 and N50 respectively.
He warned the marketers to desist from selling the products above the government stipulated prices.
“Any station caught selling above the approved pump prices will be sanctioned appropriately,” he added.
Moriki commended for improving the distribution of .
“The nation now enjoys an uninterrupted supply of the products across the country,” he noted.
Alhaji Sule Magaji, the Sokoto State Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN), said that members of the and the DPR were in progress.
Magaji hailed for improving fuel supply in the country.
The representative of the major marketers, Alhaji Danlami Umar, pledged that they would continue to operate in line with laid down rules and regulations.