The Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment has sealed off dispensing pumps of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mega station, Gwarinpa, and at least two other stations in the area for under-dispensing petroleum products to customers.
This was discovered during the inspection of petrol stations by the Weights and Measures Department of the ministry, led by its Director, Alhaji Bashir Zoro, in Abuja.
During the inspection at the AYM, Shafa petrol station at Gundu district, it was discovered that the dispensing pumps at the station short-changed 0.8 litres for every 20 litres of PMS (19.2 as 20 litres) and on diesel, 0.95 litres less for every 20 litres (19.05 as 20 litres). At the M. Major Oil and Gas, Mborra, products were sold at 1.6 litres for every 20 litres (18.4 as 20 litres).
Also, at the NNPC mega station, Gwarinpa, the officials of the station refused to switch on their dispensing pumps on the excuses of power supply and faulty generators, and when the waiting game continued for a while, the director ordered the sealing off of the dispensing pumps at the station.
Director, Weights and Measures, Alhaji Bashir Zoro, while addressing journalists at the NNPC mega station, said it was extremely disappointing that motorists were being short-changed at the petrol stations, and that the department would continue to inspect occasionally in order to establish and maintain conformity with standards.