Ten filling stations in Makurdi, the Benue state capital have been sealed off by officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, for allegedly selling kerosene to the public at more  than the approved N50 per littre.

According to the Controller of Makurdi Zone, Alhaji Abdullahi Isah, who led the exercise yesterday, “the affected  petrol stations were clamped  because they were selling kerosene at  between N120 and N130 per litre.

”Our duty is to monitor the regulation that affects the oil and gas industry. If these dealers can’t get kerosene to buy at approved price, they should approach the government on that.

”Hence,  as DPR, we have the duty to ensure sales is regulated. That is why we had to seal off eight filling stations in Makurdi for selling kerosene above the approved price of N50 per littre.”

Isah listed the sealed filling stations to include Bolek, Dochis, Tonimas, Rain Oil, Silver Ray, Ronald Yimn, and Aptro.

While insisting that average Nigerians must be able to get kerosene at the approved price, the Controller said the DPR was not relenting in ensuring that the approved pump price of the product was adhered to by marketers.

Isah lamented the increasing spate of illegal stations with minimum safety standards springing up across the zone just as he decried the dangerous manner in which some filling stations were existing in many villages across the zone covering Benue and Nasarawa states.

He warned  that DPR would not relent in its efforts to close down all such stations, advising all owners of such filling stations to avail themselves approved requirements and procedure of how to build a standard station from the  DPR in order to avoid running foul of the law.


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