The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed a total of 15 filling stations and 2 gas plants in Osun state, South-West Nigeria.
DPR’s Operations Controller for Osogbo, Mr Ademola Makinde, made the disclosure to newsmen after the Department’s routine check on filling stations and gas plants.
According to Makinde, the outlets were sealed for their non-compliance with global best practices. He said while some under-dispensed products to unsuspecting customers, others operated without a valid licence.
He further disclosed that the routine surveillance was central to the mandate of the DPR and was to ensure compliance with best practices.
Makinde also said the exercise was aimed at checking product hoarding, diversion and selling of regulated products above approved pump prices.
“We visited 29 filling stations, 15 were sealed for under-dispensing, and operating without a valid licence and 7 were not in use.
“Additionally, two gas plants were sealed for offences varying from operating without a valid licence, installation and upgrade and non-compliance to safety standards.
“And one good thing about DPR rules is that there are penalties, if you flout them.
“If you are under-dispensing to a marginal level, we may require you to go and reset your pump, which we will inspect for possible reopening.
“But if there are critical infractions, penalties range from N100,000 to N1 million. N1 million if by chance any marketer tampered with the DPR official seal,” he said.
Makinde, however, explained that the Department and petroleum marketers were not enemies but partners in progress, working to sanitize the system and enthrone global best practices.
“To the marketers, I have to emphasize this, we are not enemies, but rather we are all partners working for the same goal.
“One of the mandates of DPR is to sustain marketers to grow their businesses, but that can only be done if they co-operate, do not cut corners and side-track DPR” Makinde said.
The DPR controller called on the public to always be vigilant and report any form of sharp practices by petroleum marketers to the Department for appropriate action.
Makinde assured that the ongoing surveillance exercise and the tempo would be sustained in the interest of the general public.
Amaka E. Nliam