PORT HARCOURTâ€”Â THE Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has appealed to marketers in Rivers State to assist in the fight against sale of adulterated petroleum products and sale of the products above approved pump price.
Making the appeal at a meeting between major marketers and the DPR, the former said it lacked the manpower to effectively police all filling stations in the state and the country, saying it had become necessary to also urge the marketers to be part of the fight.
Acting Operations Controller, DPR, Port Harcourt, Mr. Robinson Ayah who chaired the forum also enjoined the marketers to ease the job of the DPR by making sure their station register is available at all times. According to him, situations were DPR officials on inspection came to some station only to be told the manager had gone out so they could not access station register should be avoided.
To ensure availability of petroleum product in all parts of the state, the DPR said it had ordered PPMC in the state to ignore the concept of designated filling stations and ensure the product gets to all sections of the state.
Earlier in their separate speeches, Director, DPR and the Operations Controller, DPR, Port Harcourt zonal office said the idea of the meeting was to evolve strategies to firmly position the petroleum regulatory body for greater challenges ahead.
While the Director was represented by Engr A.O Jokodola the Operations Controller was represented by Mr. Ayah Robinson.
DPR also urged the Rivers state Ministry of Energy to always draw attention of the DPR to any sharp practices it notices among marketers as it lacks powers to seal up filling stations in the state.
Responding on behalf of marketers at the meeting, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwoke pleaded with DPR to issue licenses in due time as marketers were becoming very uncomfortable with the delay in the issuance.Â He also appealed to DPR to raise the number of times they meet with marketers to at least twice a year.