Thursday, 22 January 2015

New fuel price: DPR seals 5 filling stations in A’Ibom

New fuel price: DPR seals 5 filling stations in A’Ibom
The Department of  Petroleum Resources (DPR), in Eket, Akwa Ibom said it sealed five filling stations for non compliance to the new petrol pump price of N87 per litres in the state.

DPR Operations Controller, Victor Antai disclosed this in an interview with the newsmen in Eket on Wednesday.

“Our monitoring team where out yesterday and we sealed five petrol stations in Akwa Ibom and we intend to move into Cross River within the next two days to carry out the same exercise,’’ he said.

He said that the reasons why the affected fillings stations were given for failure to comply with government directive was not acceptable.  

“The marketers have all sorts of reasons why they will not want to reduce the prices immediately but we have told them that those reasons are tenable.
“If those prices are increase as we observed over the years, they will have adjusted the pump immediately, they wouldn’t say let’s wait till we sell off this product at the price we bought them.

“So that when we get the news stock we will adjust the increase, they will have adjusted it over night and make gains. They should also be ready to sacrifice when there is need for national sacrifice,’’ Antai said. 

He decried the situation where some of the independent marketers refused to comply with the Federal Government’s directive on the reduction of the pump price of petrol from N97 to 87 per litres.

Antai, however, said that some filling stations have started complying with government directives while describing the non compliance by the marketers as sabotage of government efforts. 

“We hope that by tomorrow and next all the outlets will have adjusted their pump price to N87 per litres because we are on their tail and there is no excuse,’’ he said.

He said that the agency had strategised ways of meeting with the independent marketers to chat a forward for the new price.

Antai restated the agency’s commitment to ensure enforcement of the depot price and retail price outlets in all the stations in Akwa Ibom. 

“Following the downward review of the prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, DPR was mandated to ensure the enforcement of depot prices and retail prices outlet,’’ he said.

He noted that the agency had stepped-up their surveillance activities to ensure that the new petrol pump prices are sold for N87 per litres as the directed by the Minister of Petroleum and Resources.

“Most of them have actually started selling at the new petrol pump price at N87 from the pictures we took at the dispensing pump,” Antai said.

The DPR Operations Controller commended the Federal Government and the Minister of Petroleum and Resources for yielding to the earnings of the people, adding that the slash in the new PMS would improve the standard of living of the people.

“We will to appeal to the public to inform the DPR office and report where ever they know any independent marketers or any marketers that are selling above the approve depot price and retail outlets price,” he said.

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