As part of efforts to arrest and cushion the effect of scarcity of petroleum products in Oyo State and its environs, the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, overseeing Oyo and Osun field office has embarked on aggressive disposal of the product at filling stations which they accused of creating artificial scarcity.
Officials of the DPR, who worked in different teams, visited Ogbomoso and different parts of Ibadan where the products were hoarded and sold at odd times, ensured that more than 50 filling stations were compelled to sell the products at government approved prices to members of the public, during the inspection exercise.
Notably, among the filing stations that were sealed off by the DPR was a station allegedly belonging to a former senator from Oke Ogun part of the state. Another belonging to a former governor from Ogbomoso, which was sealed off few weeks back, was also one of those compelled to reverse its sales to government approved price during the inspection.
Also, no fewer than 50 filing stations that were found to be hoarding petroleum and kerosene, and selling same at odd times at exorbitant prices, were sealed off in different parts of the state.
Our investigation revealed that the product, in the last few days in major parts of the state, sold at between N120 and N150 per litre. Same could be said of kerosene which sold for between N95 and N100 per litre.
Some of the filling stations, where the enforcement took place in Ogbomosho, included : TDB global venture limited, allegedly belonging to a former governor of the state, Modern Options, Isale General, Ballah Plus, Sabo, Rubbie oil, Stadium road, Musalat Integrated Resources Nigeria limited and Saajad Resources Nigeria limited.
The few marketers selling at government approved prices during the inspection were also supported in ensuring orderliness and promptness in the sales by officials of the department who were stationed by the team leader. Conoil and Oando both around Eleyele were some of the places the intervention of the officials of the DPR helped save the day when the massive crowd made selling of the products difficult for the sales attendants.
Some of those sealed off yesterday in Ibadan also included: Prolek Molete for selling at N130 per litre and not willing to reverse sales, Alleluyah Oil, Idi-Arere, allegedly owned by a former senator in the state, for selling at N140 per litre and Oando, Oritamefa for hoarding the product.
While addressing newsmen during the exercises, Engineer Olakunle Ogunlana, Operations Controller, Oyo and Osun Field office who spoke through Mr. Sadiq Ibrahim, deputy manager, operations, said the effort was to cushion the pain fraudulent marketers subjected members of the public to for pecuniary gains.

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