Fuel Scarcity: DPR Reads Riot Act To Oil Marketers


The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Saturday, warned oil marketers, ordering depots with petroleum products to commence massive truck out of the products to petrol stations across the country.

The DPR, in a statement signed by its Director, Petroleum Resources, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, also directed all petrol stations in strategic locations to operate on a 24 hour basis throughout the Easter holidays and beyond.

Ladan said the DPR had constituted special intelligence monitoring teams nationwide to ensure prompt delivery of petroleum products to designated filling stations, adding that the teams would enforce government-approved price regime and ensure the right quantity and quality of products are dispensed.

“The DPR, hereby, directs All depots with liftable petroleum products to truck out massively to designated filling stations as programmed while all filling stations in strategic locations shall continue to operate 24 hours during the Easter holidays.”

He further warned that the N2 million sanction against fuel depots found engaging in overpricing of petroleum products and N100,000 per dispensing pump sanction against filling stations found to be selling above the regulated price and other related offences are still in force.

He stated that any marketer found to be hoarding would have their products dispensed free to the public while diversion of products would attract a penalty of N200 per litre.

“In addition, offenders’ operating licences would be suspended for a minimum of three months or outright revocation depending on the magnitude of the offence.

“The Public is hereby advised to contact the DPR 24 hours call centre — 019037150 or 012790000 — to report any suspected violation or sharp practice for prompt response.”


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