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Ondo shuts fuel station for infraction

12 September 2012, 07:26

Akure - The Ondo Government on Tuesday sealed up a filling station located at Adegbola Junction in Akure, for selling fuel above the N97 per litre official price.

Petroleum products have been scarce in the state in the past five days.

Officials of the state's Petroleum Products Monitoring and Pricing Committee (PPMPC), who went round to ensure effective distribution of products, sealed the station when they realised that it dispensed fuel at N115 per litre.                

Mr Taiwo Ibitoye, the spokesman of the committee, said there was no justification for the sale of petrol above the recommended retail price.

He said the government had put machinery in motion to ensure the availability of fuel, adding that there was enough fuel in circulation to prevent scarcity or price increase.

"Today alone, about 200 000 litres of petrol were deposited at various fuel stations in the state and the bulk of the products were deposited in the state capital where the scarcity was felt more.

"The NNPC mega station got 40 000 litres, while both Total Filling Stations at Ilesa Garage and Ado Road got 33 000 litres each.

"Several others like Mobil, Fiwasaye got 11 000 litres each and we are still expecting more trucks to berth today.

"At the close of work, we would have almost doubled what we have now. So there is no basis for any scarcity," he said.

Despite the assurances, transport fares went up as most commercial drivers blamed the development on scarcity.

Fare on the Akure-Ore route which used to cost N400 is now N700 as inter-city drivers refused to ply long distances.



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