By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—The Department of Petroleum Resource, DPR, has appealed to Plateau State government and security agencies to rid the state of illegal fuel stations selling petroleum products at exorbitant prices and extorting the public.
DPR, which lamented the lack of powers to sanction erring independent marketers, said it cannot on its own take out the illegal marketers, urging concerned bodies, which it had approached, to take action and curb the illegal activities.
Speaking yesterday in Jos after monitoring the sales of petrol in the metropolis, the Operations Manager, DPR, Jos Field Office, Mr. Jeremiah Mashiat, explained that the exercise was necessary to ensure that stations that were supplied with petrol dispensed the products at government-approved prices to the public.
Mashiat said: “Yesterday, there was significant supply as we got 26 trucks, against eight or nine trucks that we were getting. If we get this number of trucks on a daily basis, we will attain stability.
“Of this number, 13 trucks were offloaded in Jos, while the rest were sent to other local government areas.
“We are monitoring developments to see trucks get to their destinations. So far, there are no defaulters, but we have a problem with illegal marketers who engage in illegal businesses. We are struggling to take them out of existence, but we do not have such powers.
“That is why we are appealing to the state government, the Department of State Services, DSS, Police, Civil Defence and other security agencies to hearken to our appeal and stop the illegal action of these independent marketers.
“We have written to them because we can neither arrest nor prosecute, but can only report to security agencies which we have already done.”