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DPR seals 15 filling stations in Enugu

02 May 2014, 17:59

Enugu - At least 15 filling stations in Enugu were sealed on Thursday by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for various offences.

Peter Ijeh, the Operations Controller of DPR in Enugu, led a team of officers of the agency to seal the filling stations during a routine monitoring of the stations.

He said the affected petrol stations violated offences ranging from selling premium motor spirit above the government regulated price as well as under-dispensing.

“We have to make sure that marketers comply with the price, quality and quantity.

“Some of the filling stations are selling above regulated prices and at the same time under-dispensing, thereby giving the public a lesser quantity of what they are paying for.

“Manifests we received showed that the products are coming into Enugu but the marketers are creating artificial scarcity,” Ijeh said.

He appealed to members of the public to partner with DPR by providing information to the agency to ensure that they received value for what they spent on the product.

According to him, the sealed filling stations will remain closed until they rectified their offences.

“Once they violate our seal we get them arrested, but when they rectify the fault they will have to write us an apology letter.

“We then send our officers to ascertain whether such default had truly been rectified before such filling station is reopened,” he said.

The monitoring by DPR created panic in the industry across Enugu as most filling stations closed shop.

Ifeanyi Okoli, a manager at one of the sealed filling stations on the Enugu/Onitsha expressway, said they were selling at N120 because they bought at the rate of N110 from the depot.

“Our management took the decision to sell at this rate because we bought at a higher price,” Okoli said.

-          NAN

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