DPR Seals 70 Stations In Six Months In Delta

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The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, (Warri Zonal Office) says it has sealed 70 petrol stations for alleged sharp practice in the past six months in parts of Delta State.

Mr. Antai Asuquo, Operations Controller, who spoke to reporters yesterday, said that the stations were sanctioned for hoarding, under-dispensing, over pricing,

abandonment and diversion of products.

He said the stations were sealed in Warri, Ughelli, Sapele ,Ozoro ,Oleh ,Kwale, Agbor ,Ubiaruku , and Asaba.

According to him, the 70 stations are part of the 446 petrol stations visited by the department’s surveillance team.

Asuquo said fuel was dispensed to motorists in two of the 70 filling stations at no cost because the stations were hoarding the products.

His words, “The exercise is a continuous one until the petroleum marketers complied with government’s approved pump price of N145 per litre.

It is not our intention to seal a petrol station that has products but the products should be sold to the public at the regulated pump price”.

Asuquo urged marketers who indulge in sharp practices to desist from it because the regulatory agency would continue to go after them until full compliance was attained.

The controller cautioned depot owners against selling products above ex-depot price as well as selling to third parties.

He appealed to the public to assist the DPR with useful information on any station selling above the regulated price.

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