In Rivers: DPR seals 5 filling stations in C/River for sharp practices

The Department of Petroleum Resources has sealed five fillings stations in Cross River State for selling petrol above the government approved price of N145 per litre and other offences.

DPR Operations Controller in Cross River State, Mr Philip Awolu, disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Sunday.

According to NAN news, The intensified surveillance across the state was led by Mr SirCham Musa-Mohammed, Head of Operations of DPR in Calabar.

Awolu said that the filling stations were sealed for cheating the public in violation of stipulated rules guiding operations in the petroleum sector.

“During the week, my officers visited 51 filling stations in Northern Cross River and out of that, 48 were active while 3 of them were not having petrol.

“Out of the 51 stations visited, five were sealed for selling above the pump price of N145 per litre, others closed for under dispensing and other offences,” he said.

The Operations Controller said that notices had been given to marketers who had not regularised their filling stations to do so and get their operating licenses or face sanctions.

“When we deployed our officials to the field, we sensitised the public on the need to have a licence before they can set up a filling station.

“As part of our activities, we hope that in a short while, all filling stations operating in the state would come forth and register for their operating license,” he added.

On the distribution of the product from the Calabar depot, Awolu said that there was the availability of the product that would serve the state pointing out that there was no need for panic buying.

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