BY DAUD OLATUNJI & SEGUN OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—THE Ministry of Trade and Investment, yesterday, sealed up five filling stations in Ogun State, including an NNPC Mega station along the Lagos -Abeokuta Expressway in Ifo Local Government Area of the state, for alleged sharp practices.
The other filling stations shut at Sango area of the state are EMIMP Petroleum, Vitality Oil and Gas, NIPCO and Conoil.
The stations were sealed up during a monitoring exercise by officials of the Department of Weights and Measures of the ministry.
The Head of the monitoring team, Mohammed Sadasidi, told newsmen after the exercise that the filling stations were discovered to be under dispensing petroleum products to customers
He said the dispensing pumps of the filling station had been reduced by between 2.75 litres and 2.95 litres from every 20 litres of petrol sold to customers, saying “Some of the filling stations we sealed, after checking the meter with our own Seraphin Test Measure, we found out that in every 20 litres they sold, they only dispensed between 17 litres and 18 litres.”
Sadasidi stated that the defaulters whose dispensing pumps were not within the tolerable error had been invited to Abuja for explanation.
According to him, they would be prosecuted if they were not able to give convincing reasons for their actions, noting that the inspection was meant to ensure that marketers exhibited integrity, fairness and accuracy while dispensing fuel to customers.
“We also want to protect consumers by ensuring that they always get the right measure or quantity for their money. It is extremely disappointing that motorists are being short changed. We will not however relent in our official duty to ensure that proper things are done. We have won one of such cases last week as announced by the Federal High Court in Lokoja.”