Abeokuta - The Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment on Wednesday sealed
five filling stations in Ogun over alleged sharp practices.
The affected stations included an NNPC Mega station on the Lagos-Abeokuta
Expressway at Ifo.
The other filling stations located in Sango area of the state were EMIMP
Petroleum, Vitality Oil and Gas, NIPCO and Conoil.
The stations were sealed up during a monitoring exercise conducted by
officials of the Department of Weights and Measures of the ministry.
The Head of the monitoring team, Mohammed Sadasidi, told newsmen after the
exercise that the filling stations were discovered to be under dispensing
petroleum products to customers.
He said that the dispensing pumps of the filling stations had been reduced
by between 2.75 litres and 2.95 litres from every 20 litres of petrol sold to
"After checking the metres with our own Seraphin Test Measure, we found out
that in every 20 litres they sold, they only dispensed between 17 litres and 18
litres in some of the stations," he said.
Sadasidi stated that the defaulters, whose dispensing pumps were not within
the tolerable error, had been invited to Abuja for explanation.
He added that they would be prosecuted if they were unable to give convincing
reasons for their actions.
Sadasidi said the inspection was meant to ensure that marketers exhibited
integrity, fairness and accuracy while dispensing fuel to customers.
“We also want to protect consumers by ensuring that they always get the
right measure or quantity for their money.
“It is extremely disappointing that motorists are being short changed.
"We will not, however, relent in our official duty to ensure that
proper things are done.
“We have won one of such cases last week as announced by the Federal High
Court in Lokoja.
“Others are in progress and we are definitely going to prosecute more
defaulters until they conform to laid down rules," he said.
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