By Sulaiman Sani-Jalingo
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed 12 filling stations in Taraba state for allegedly breaching regulations guiding the industry.
The Jalingo Field Office, DPR Operation Controller, Jeremiah Mashat disclosed this in Jalingo while updating newsmen on the two-day surveillance visit carried out on various petrol stations in three LGAs of the state.
These local government areas comprise Jalingo, the state capital, Gassol and Wukari, local government areas respectively.
Mashat said that the sealed petrol stations were found to be dispensing the petrol product to the public above the approved pump price of N145.00 per litre.
He maintained that the exercise was to ascertain the quality and quantity of the products dispensed to the public, price compliance as well as the mode of operations by the marketers
“Today, we visited about 12 filling stations and out of the 12, four were selling their products above the pump price. Those selling above the pump price were sanctioned and as I am talking to you now, they are making commitments to pay their fines of N100, 000 per pump,” he said.
According to him, four other filling stations were sanctioned for lack of sensitive cooperation in their operations, adding that the stations that fall under this category remain sealed until their safety facilities are put in order.
Mashat Jeremiah further disclosed that some marketers were sanctioned for operating in unhealthy environments, while others had inadequate fire extinguishers.
He, however, revealed that the exercise is geared towards ensuring that the facilities are licensed with a view to yielding revenue to the federal government.