DPR threatens to shut erring gas stations

George Osahon, Director, DPR

Mr George Osahon, Director, DPR

13 November 2013, Abuja – Gas stations that fail to adhere to regulations guiding the oil and gas industry will be sanctioned, the Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said.

DPR’s Zonal Director, Alh. Aliyu Alidu said it was imperative to remind marketers of petroleum produce to ensure compliance with guidelines and standards.

He spoke during a briefing Tuesday ahead of a media visit to selected fuel filling stations in Abuja.

He said the inspection became necessary to ensure that members of the public are not exploited, and that appropriate cooking gas is being sold to the people.

“There are deliberate attempts by the marketers to adjust the fuel pumps. We remind them of some of our regulations so that they can operate within the framework,” he said, adding, “we want to make sure the right quantity is being dispensed to the consumers and that the cooking gas is of best quality and best measure.”

The inspectors visited Mobil Petrol Filling Station, Obafemi Awolowo way, Utako, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC Mega Station, Olusegun Obasanjo Way, CBD, Gas Dealers Market, GSM village, Zone 1 and Yamoyus Petrol Station.

However, there was pandemonium at the NNPC Mega Station. Officials of the station were accused of being partial and disposing kerosene to marketers at higher rate. The Nation gathered that 25 litres of Kerosene was sold for N3, 000, instead of the N1, 500 regulated price.

A client who was furious at the officials, explained that the officials preferred to patronise marketers because of the cost advantage. He said there are days assigned to security operatives to purchase the produce, while others are also asked to patronise the station on Wednesdays.

But, the security officials were denied the product while marketers were duely served kerosene.

DPR Ag. Head, Downstream, Borogun Michael, who observed the entire process, called for orderliness, saying that DPR staff would be deployed to the mega station to monitor customer attendance and ensure their operations are in accordance with the department’s

– The Nation

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