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Fuel scarcity: DPR vows to enforce official pump price

07 March 2014, 10:56

Makurdi - The Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Thursday said that it was making efforts to safeguard motorists in Benue State from the unwholesome activities of petroleum products marketers.

The Benue Controller of the DPR, Abdulrahman Isah, said that enough personnel had been deployed in  Makurdi to monitor the sale of fuel.

He said that fuel service stations, hoarding the petroleum products would be sealed, while operators selling above the regulated price must be compelled to revert to the official pump price.

The controller as saying that DPR operatives forced one of the station managers, who was dispensing fuel at N140 per litre, to revert to N97.00 per litre.

Some of the motorists at the station commended DPR for its timely and appropriate intervention.

James Tyongi, a civil servant, described the situation as unfortunate, adding that service attendants were only into containers.

Another motorist, Evelyn Uwuah, also accused the attendants of selling the product to only their friends and family members.

Uwauah commended the DPR for its intervention and urged the department to conduct regular checks on fuel stations.

A commercial bus driver, Uche Augustine, said the scarcity had impacted on his business negatively.

“It took me several hours on the queue at the NNPC mega station to buy the product for today's running around.

“I had to wake up as early as 4. 30 am to queue for the product,” Uche said

Another motorist, Nnamdi Eze, urged government to redouble its efforts to end the fuel scarcity across Nigeria.

Eze said that of low patronage of buses was due to the scarcity of fuel which resulted in an increase in transport fares around makurdi.

He said that many people preferred to trek shorter distances, while others used telephone to discuss in the bid to minimise the effect of high transport fares.

He said that a litre of petrol was now N300 per litre in the black market in Markudi.

The state task force on the illegal sale of petroleum products has been arresting black marketers as a way of shutting down the market.

Some of the black marketers said they were into the trade to “keep body and soul” together since there were no jobs.

Ngufan James, who hawks the petrol at Ankpa quarters, said she ventured into the trade to support her family.

According to her, N300 per litre of fuel was justifiable, saying that “those complaining pay more on a bottle of beer than a litre of petrol”.

-  NAN

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