Sokoto products diverted to Niger Republic
Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has sealed four petrol stations in Abuja for hoarding, under-dispensing and other sharp practices in selling Premium Motor Spirit, PMS.
Alhaji Mohammed Usman, DPR zonal operation controller, North Central, told newsmen while monitoring some filling stations on Saturday that DPR would continue to sanction those engaged in sharp practices.
Commenting on the current fuel crisis in parts of the country, Usman said that most of the filling stations visited had products to sell, adding that there was no need for the long queues witnessed in the city.
The zonal controller said the DPR had directed that henceforth, there should be no reserve of fuel for so-called ‘special customers.’
Mr Ademola Abraham, a motorist at NNPC mega station at Beulah, commended the effort of the DPR in ensuring that the products were dispensed fairly.
“We have been here (filling station) since 6am but they refused to sell to us. Yesterday we saw them discharging products but yet they have refused to sell,” he said.
Another motorist, Abdulrahman Sani said that they spend over five hours at the NNPC Gauiyya affiliated station before they could get the product.
Also in Niger State, the DPR began to clamp down on petroleum marketers in the state capital, Minna, and environs, sealing off two NNPC affiliated stations at the weekend.
The DPR controller, Engineer Abdullahi Isah Jankara and his team intensified surveillance to various filling stations in the state capital and its environs where many stations were compelled to sell at government approved price and desist from hoarding the product.
The two NNPC affiliate filling stations sealed by the DPR were NNPC Shango, along Minna/Suleja road, and NNPC Maitumbi, along Minna/Gwada road, all within Minna metropolis.
DPR has also compelled selling of product from some independent marketers who were found to be selling against approved pump price of 86:50 per liter, ensured all product carried into the state were dispensed accordingly.
Jankara, who ordered the closure of the NNPC mega affiliate in Shango for using only one pump out of the 18 pumps in the station to sell the product to the public, described the situation as a plot to hoard the product and sabotage the efforts of the department in the state.
Engineer Jankara said the station would remain sealed until six of the pumps were functional, saying that the attitude of the station did not only amount to sabotage but a deliberate attempt to inflict suffering on the public who are made to remain on queue for several hours before getting the product.
He further gave the station owner 48 hours within which to repair the said broken faulty before Monday or to sale the product free to the public and be made to pay fine.
Engineer Jankara further said that the NNPC mega state in Maitumbi along Minna/Gwada road was sealed off for selling the product in the night and at N100 per litre to black market operators.
He said the station would remain sealed until the operator of the station pay the sum of N400,000 fine to the federal government.
Jankara pointed out that the department would not relent on clamping down on all those stations involved in illegal dealings until sanity was restored in the system, noting that over 150 stations were visited within last week and about eight marketers were apprehended over diversion, of which the penalty is N200 per litre.
Meanwhile in Sokoto State, as hardship bites harder on the residents, trucks loaded with fuel were seen diverted through Illela border with Republic of Niger.
However, the officer in charge of retail outlets and monitoring of the DPR, Mr. Muhammad Makera is yet to to speak on the development.
In the last few days, marketers were seen selling the product at exorbitant prices of about N170 to N180.
When contacted to enquire about their efforts to arrest the situation, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, public relations officer Hamza said he would get back to us, which he never did till the time of filing this report.