The Department of Petroleumz Resources, DPR, yesterday sealed petrol stations in Jos/Bukuru metropolis in Plateau State over non-compliance with government’s official price for the product.
The State Operation Controller, Idris Abubakar, said the department is working to ensure sanity in the downstream sector as the state has no fewer than 55 illegal stations that are not complying with relevant directives in their mode of operations.
He assured that appropriate sanctions will be meted out on defaulters so that they would do the needful in their operations.
However, the Head, Retails Outlet and Marketing, Mr. Shehu Yusuf, who led the team on an inspection tour to fuel stations in Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas, assured that illegal operators will be shown the way out, so that the masses can benefit from the downstream policy.
Some of the visited stations were sealed on account of non-compliance with the government approved price of N87 per liter, selling PMS in jerricans to black marketers, selling with faulty or adjusted pumps among other offenses.
Shehu added that fuel stations in the state have been warned not to sell their products above the government price, but many don’t comply.
“Some stations sell at N97 and some above N100 even when their pump price reads N87. The punishment for violating DPR policies vary depending on the kind of offense a station commits. Those selling to black marketers would be sanctioned for three months.”
Meanwhile, the exercise has caused temporary fuel scarcity in the city as most stations no longer sell fuel for fear of being sanctioned and some that opened for business closed within a short period.

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