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DPR Seals Off Five Filling Stations In Imo

DPR Seal Filling Station
Posted: Apr 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Anolu Vincent
About five filling stations in Owerri municipality and Nekede in Owerri West Local Council Area of Imo State, were on Tuesday sealed, while many others were compelled to dispense the premium motor spirit (PMS) to motorists at the government approved pump price of N86.50 per litre.

Officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) also discovered that a filling station – Oando, which was one of the stations sealed, had over 61,000 litres of PMS but could not sell the product because faulty generating set.

Apparently jolted by what he described as “puerile explanation”, the DPR Zonal Controller, Ogbuefi Morrison Nwokedi, who led the team of officials, not only ordered the sealing of the station but also directed the dealer to report to the office when he finally fixes the generator.

However, the situation was different at Ebere Links where the product was selling at N170 before the arrival of DPR officials, who immediately forced them to revert to the official pump price.

Asking questions from newsmen after the monitoring exercise, Ogbuefi Nwokedi said that the major interest was the full compliance of government directive on the sale of PMS.

In his words, “No marketer has so far given us any lead to justify the outrageous price tag they placed on the petroleum product. Until they do this, we will continue to insist on the government approved pump price”, Nwokedi stated.

Most car owners, who spoke to newsmen, commended DPR for enforcing the government directive on pump price.

Prince Pat Abii appealed to government to ascertain if the marketers get the product at the depots or not, stressing that “it does not make economic sense if the marketers buy the product at over N100 per litre and are forced to sell at N86.50.