Â By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI â€” FOLLOWING attempts by some marketers in Borno State to adjust their pumps and leading to under delivery of petroleum products, the Maiduguri zonal office of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has sealed off affected filling stations pending further notice and clearance.
The sealing off which took place, Wednesday, during the DPR regular inspection and media monitoring team organised by the Department, was led by the Senior Public Affairs Officer Mr. Waziri Wadai.
Mr. Wadai stated that the purpose of the inspection was in line with the DPRâ€™s strategic policies which are aimed at
ensuring that both major and independent marketers operating across the state comply with the laid down rules and regulations of the department, which states that petroleum products such Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, be sold at N65 per litre, Kerosine, DPK, N50 per litre and Gas, AGO, sold at N90 per litre respectively without resorting to sharp practices by markerters.
He also stated that the aim of the tour of filling stations by the department was to ensure that marketers do not engage in the diversion of products being allocated to them, as Borno State is one of the states that boarders three international boundaries which are porous and easily accessible to smugglers.
He added that the exercise which occurs from time to time has assisted the department to track down erring marketers thereby ensuring that none of the available products is hoarded by the markerts as well as reduce to the bearest minimum the level at which customers are exploited at the point of purchase.
Among the filling stations visited in Maiduguri include A. A. Kime & Sons, situated along Lagos Streets which sales their PMS below the federal government price as low as N63 per litre with their pumping machine tested okay. Others who sale at N65 per litre and tested alright are Total and Texaco filling stations along Baga road.