By Chimezie Anaso
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has seal off 6 gasoline stations in Anambra for allegedly hoarding and promoting petrol above the official pump value of N145 per litre.
The affected filling stations have been situated in Awka, the capital metropolis, Onitsha the industrial city and neighbouring Nkpor and Obosi.
NAN reviews that Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) offered between N220 to N240 per litre in Awka and most elements of Anambra at retailers owned by main and unbiased entrepreneurs.
The DPR additionally enforced the federal government authorized pump value of N145 per litre by supervising the dishing out of over 16,000 litres of PMS to prospects within the state.
Speaking on their discipline operation in Anambra, Mr Callistus Obodoechina of the Retail Outlets and advertising and marketing Unit, DPR Enugu workplace mentioned the enforcement would proceed till entrepreneurs complied.
Obodoechina mentioned the explanations for sealing the filling stations embrace promoting product above the authorized pump value, refusal to revert to regular fee. alleged involvement in diversion and hoarding of merchandise.
“In line with the resolve of DPR to make sure that Nigerians particularly PMS person purchase the product on the authorities authorized pump value, now we have intensified monitoring right here in Anambra.
“Our purpose is to make sure that each marketer who has merchandise sells on the regular value and make that there isn’t a hoarding and diversion.
“In two days now we have supervised the sale of over 16, 000 litres of PMS to the general public at N145 and the sense of aid clear on the faces of individuals.
“We additionally sealed six filling stations that refused to revert instantly on the excuse that the director or technician was not round and people who hoarded or diverted merchandise.
The official mentioned it was unlucky that entrepreneurs within the state had continued to cheat prospects despite the federal government pronouncement on the state of affairs.
Also talking, Mr Uyinme Akpan, an official of DPR deplored a state of affairs the place entrepreneurs return to the exploitative methods quickly after the DPR enforcement staff left their filling stations.
Akpan warned that such apply can be met with strict utility of the legislation and suggested them to both promote on the authorized fee or don’t promote in any respect.
He assured prospects in Anambra of continued safety of the DPR and inspired them to report defiant entrepreneurs for applicable actions.
Meanwhile prospects in Anambra have counseled the DPR for its mitigating position and referred to as for a extra strong enforcement by way of deployment of extra groups to the state.
Mr Chris Nduka mentioned Anambra was so massive that one staff of DPR enforcers can’t create the specified impact due to the perspective of entrepreneurs who have been bent on ripping off their prospects.
“The federal government iis doing well through the activities of DPR but it is not enough, the agency should be beefed up with manpower to effectively manage te situation,” he mentioned.(NAN)