Fuel scarcity: DPR investigates petroleum products depots

The Department of Petroleum Department (DPR) might have commenced investigation on erring petroleum products marketers following the subsisting national energy crisis and its effects on Nigerians.

A source close to DPR management said in Lagos that the orgnisation was only being proactive in the face of the national energy crisis.

The source said that DPR was aware of the illegal activities of petroleum marketers, especially the sale of products above government-approved price.

He said that the department was currently investigating the source of higher pricing of products, especially the depots with a view of getting the actual price of loading of various products.

“We have received information on petrol stations selling above the pump price of N87 per litre but we do not want to commence the sealing of stations without getting the actual price from the depots.

“We do not want to add to the problem of scarcity by sealing up the petrol station at this period.

“If you go around, you will see Nigerians carrying jerry cans looking for the products.

“If we start to seal petrol station without confirming the loading price from depots, we are also punishing the people as well as the marketers.

“We have commenced investigation on the loading price from the depots, when we are through with depot then we will start to work on the petrol stations selling above the price.

“All the same, we have continued to warn those selling above the selling government approved price to desist from the action.

“Any of the stations caught selling above the approved price will have its license revoked and the stations will be sealed,” he said.


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