As fuel scarcity in Oyo worsened yesterday, no fewer than 50 filling stations in Ibadan, the state capital and its environs were sealed off by the inspection teams of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Ibadan field office for various offences.
The sealing and sanction became inevitable as some independent fuel marketers in the state have taken undue advantage of unsuspecting public by selling the product far above the government approved pump price.
Acting on tip-off and complaints from the members of the public on their ordeals from the fuel marketers in certain parts of the state, the staff of DPR working in separate teams with the assistance of men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, visited the interior parts of the state where sharp practices are most rampant in an ongoing week-long exercise.
Sources around Apete, Awotan, Yidi Arola, an interior part of the state on Sango axis, where one of the teams inspected, said the pump price of petrol sells between N105 and N110 per litre and an additional charge of N100 for every 10 litres bought
Fatoil located at Sango-Eleyele road was sealed off for selling above the government approved pump price. Romkol Global Oil, Apete, Solace Global Resources Limited, Apete, Muhatorm Petroleum Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited all in Awotan-Iludun, Mericom Business Heritage, Arola, Towafad Interbiz Limited, Arola and Gilog Oil Nigeria Limited, Awotan were all sealed off.
It was also gathered that the team that inspected Apata, Ashipa, New-Garage, Arapaja and its environs also sealed off more than twenty stations. Notably, Moore at Apata Odo Ona was sealed for selling PMS at N110/ltr and refusal to revert to government approved price and D-Nest, Apata/New Garage Expressway, Kuola was sealed for selling at N100/ltr, while Sabara Oil, Oleyo road, Ashipa was sealed for selling above pump price, two stations operated by Fem Mesh at ijebu Ode road and Arapaja junction were similarly sealed for refusing to sell fuel to awaiting customers, claiming they left it in reserve.
The Operations Controller, Ibadan Field Office, Engineer Olakunle Ogunlana, who described the scarcity as ‘artificial’ explained that “government is doing enough to ensure availability of petroleum product across the country and will not hesitate to deal with saboteurs.”
Engr. Ogunlana who spoke after the seal off exercise in Apata area said: “it is the gimmick of the marketers to make it look as if government is not paying subsidy but government is paying. Even despite the directive to cut down on importation, it is still the duty of importers to import as long as they have the license to do so.”
Why reiterating the determination of his team to enforce government directive to the letter, Ogunlana urged fuel marketers in the state to be patriotic and save the public untold hardship
Apart from the seal off, the teams of inspectors also engaged in inspecting the storage tanks of many filling stations in Sango, Apete, Arola and the environs that were not selling to confirm if they had stock, diverted or horded the product.
Earlier, there was a mild drama in the operation when the team got to Nipco adjacent The Polytechnic Ibadan where fuel was selling for N100 per litre. After questioning the manager, the team ensured the selling price was immediately adjusted to the government approved pump price of N87, instead of sealing off the station. The decision attracted a wide jubilation and commendation from the large crowd who claimed to have gathered to buy fuel for over ten hours.
The team also engaged in ensuring sanity and orderliness was restored at many petrol stations selling at N87 but besieged by crowd. This made many motorist who had queued up for more than 10hours without making headway applaud the team for a job well done.
Meanwhile , the Department of Petroleum Resources DPR has advised the General Public not to engage in panic buying of petroleum product as it has set up a 24hours surveillance monitoring team of Petrol Stations nationwide to ensure unhindered sale of Petroleum Products at government regulated prices.
In a statement issued yesterday by the agency, it stated that the current stock level of Premium Motor Spirit, PM,) in depots nationwide is about 365million litres.
According to the statement, “ we are also expecting over 800million seaborne litres to be discharged before the end of the week. This translates to a stock level for thirty (30) days’ supply.
“To further ensure the supply of products, DPR has fast tracked the grant of product import permits and vessel clearing process to aid rapid stock build up for importers.
“We hereby appeal to all Depots and Petroleum Product Retail Outlets nationwide to ensure that products are sold at government regulated price as the DPR will not hesitate to enforce necessary sanctions against any erring marketer.”
It however said that there is no need to engage in panic buying as there is adequate supply of petroleum Products nationwide.

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