DPR Explains Closure of 22 Petrol Stations in Abuja
by THISDAY LIVE
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has hinged its decision to close down 22 petrol filling stations in Abuja and its immediate environs to unwholesome business practices from which the marketers gained excessive profits.
DPR’s Head of Public Relations in Abuja, Mohammed Saidu explained in a statement that the 22 filling stations that were closed down by the agency were found guilty of selling their products above the government regulated price and also for under-dispensing of products to unsuspecting customers.
Saidu noted that others found guilty of products diversion were equally affected by the crackdown, which was carried out last week.
According to him, 19 of the petrol station were sealed for selling above the regulated price of N87 per litres two for diversion of petroleum products away from their destinations while the remaining one was found guilty of grossly under-dispensing and selling products massively in jerry cans.
Explaining the nature of regulatory sentences against the affected stations, Saidu stated that the stations are to remain sealed for at least one month in addition to forfeiting their bridging claims as directed by the federal government.
Bridging claims which are usually paid by the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) to petroleum marketers usually run into millions of naira.
The list of filing stations that were closed down by DPR showed that some top players in the market like Oando and Conoil were
The filling stations sealed for selling petrol above N87 to include Kalasma Nigeria Limited in Zuba; Inyas Nigeria Limited on Kaduna Road, Niger State; Jibeco Nigeria Limited; and Ahmis Nigeria Limited also on Kaduna Road, Niger State.
Others are Evil International Oil and Gas, One Man Village, Karu; Falke Oil, Double Pole, New Nyanya; Alhaji Isa Maidole and Sons Nigeria Limited, Abuja-Keffi Road, New Nyanya, Nasarawa State; Halims (Invest) Nigeria Limited. Abuja-Keffi Road, New Nyanya, Nasarawa State.
Also on the list are Dikas Petrol Company Limited, Abuja-Keffi Road, One Man Village; Danco Oil, Gwagwalada; Sunmart, Giri; Abba Petrol Ltd, Zuba; Febas Energy, Giri; Mayo Kanwa, Doma; Ent Lt Rayhanah Company Limited, and Conoil all in Gwagwalada.
DPR also added that Kelvin Energy Limited and B.B. King Nigeria Limited both on Kaduna Road, Niger State were sealed for selling at N105 per litre.
Others such as A.A. Rano Nigeria Ltd, Abuja-Keffi Road, Nyanya was sealed for manipulation of pump price and selling in Jerry cans while Yaman Nig. Ltd Abuja, on Keffi Road, New Nyanya and Oando, on Herbert Macaulay Way, Abuja were sanctioned for diversion of petrol.
It thus warned marketers and depot owners to conduct their operations within the guidelines governing petroleum sales and distribution in the country or risk regulatory punishments. DPR also added that the exercise will continue until normalcy is restored in the downstream petroleum sector.