The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Nigeria has sealed nine petrol stations and two gas plants in Warri and environs for under-dispensing and operating without business names and valid licences.
The petrol stations sanctioned were Total, Asholyn, Forte Oil, Mobil and Yins Petroleum all in Warri, among others.
Mr. Nicholas Ogbe, Manager Downstream of the DPR, who led the operation later briefed newsmen on behalf of the Operations Controller, Warri Zonal office of the DPR, Mr. Antai Asuquo.
He said the team embarked on the surveillance to ascertain if the marketers were complying with agency’s rules of engagement guiding the establishment and sales of petroleum and gas products.
“One of the statutory functions of the DPR is to monitor and regulate petroleum products, storage and sales.
These are the facilities that stock and sell products to the public, which is why we decided to monitor and ensure they obeyed simple rules.Like the gas plant and the filling station, you need to have a licence, renew it when it has expired; if you don’t have to, you need to come to DPR and get license.
You also need to have fire extinguisher and train your staff. You cannot bring somebody to come and monitor the sales of gas without training the staff.
If you train your staff, he or she will be able to dispense products, be it in gas filling stations or outlet filling stations,” he said.
Asuquo, who expressed joy at the level of compliance, said the defaulters would remit the necessary fines to the Nigerian Government’s coffers before the stations would be unsealed.
The operations controller warned the defaulters that it is a criminal offence to remove the seal and dispense products without paying the necessary fine.