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Again, DPR seals three filling stations in Bayelsa


As part of efforts to check hoarding of petroleum products in the new year, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed three filling stations in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

While two of the facilities were shut for under-dispensing of product, the third was sanctioned for selling with a meter already sealed by the agency for sharp practices.

The Assistant Chief Officer, Administration, Yenagoa Field Office, Prince Oshodi, who led a team of officials to some retail petrol outlets in the state capital, vowed that the agency would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring petroleum products were available all-year round and beyond.He warned unscrupulous retailers against engaging in sharp practices, reminding them that routine checks on filling stations and other outlets would be constant.

The DPR had earlier shut down three petrol stations in the state for shady activities and lack of safety equipment during the Yuletide.
Oshodi: said: “This exercise is basically the continuation of the Federal Government directive that we should ensure that petroleum products are readily available to Nigerians; and that the products are sold at government-approved prices and dispensed at the appropriate quantities.

“There are several actions that marketers could take that are contrary to the objectives and regulations of the department. “My warning or advice to them is that they should live and operate under our guidelines because we have measures that we can put into action against them.”On the sealed facilities, the DPR official said: “We noticed that they were still selling above the approved measurement of the department.”

“And for the other stations, we also noticed that we had last week given them a warning letter to comply by making their measurement a tolerable level so that they don’t continue to exploit Nigerians.”


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