More than 80 petrol filling stations have been shut in Delta state for promoting above official value and hoarding.
The stations had been sealed by Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Warri Zonal Office, since gas shortage begun in December, 2017.
Mr Antai Asuquo, the Warri Zonal Operations Controller, stated on Wednesday in Warri that the filling stations had been sealed in Warri, Ughelli, Sapele, Isoko and Asaba.
Asuquo, who led a gaggle of surveillance crew to Asaba, stated that other than promoting above the federal government permitted value of N145 per litre and operators all the time absconded on sighting DPR officers.
“DPR has sealed over 80 filling stations because the gas shortage started final month.
“Those we sealed are as a result of they refused to dispense on the authorities permitted value of N145 per litre and people who deserted their stores on sighting our personnel.
“Today, now we have been to many filling stations in Asaba; one truly deserted his station and we sealed the services as a result of they’ve an equal product of 30,000 litres.
“We will revisit the station to make sure that acceptable sanction is melted out on the proprietor.
“We also saw stations selling above the approved pump price; we compelled them to sell at the regulated pump price,” he stated.
Asuquo suggested petroleum entrepreneurs to not buy gas in the event that they knew that they may not promote on the regulated value of N145 per litre.
“It is our intention to maintain monitoring the merchandise and value; we may even be certain that the merchandise are usually not offered to the third celebration.
“Overtime, we have observed that some depots sell to third parties and they add their margin and that affects the ultimate price,” he stated.
Asuquo, who stated that the Federal Government was doing every thing to ease the gas drawback, additionally suggested entrepreneurs to not dispense gas to folks with jerry cans. (NAN)