The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Yola, on Tuesday assured that sale of petrol by black marketers would soon disappear.
Mr Mohammed Alaku, the Zonal Controller of DPR for Taraba and Adamawa told newsmen in Yola that scarcity of the product being experienced had been brought under control.
He said that the synergy between the department and the security agencies would soon yield positive result of curbing the activities of black marketers.
He also said that more petrol stations were dispensing the product and urged members of the public not to patronise black marketers.
“The fuel scarcity here is under control and the issue of black market will soon be over.
“The synergy between the DPR and the security agencies in monitoring the sale of petrol to black marketers is yielding positive result.
“Part of measures to discourage them from exploiting the public is to stop buying from them.
`Their activities are still visible because the public still patronise them and that gives them courage.
“As people become aware of their exploitative tendencies, they will get discouraged and stop buying from them,’’ Alaku said.
According to him, the DPR has the mandate to force the filling stations, but not the black marketers to sell the product to the public.
The controller noted that the task of apprehending black marketers must involve security operatives.
However, many petrol stations remained closed with the attendant long queues.