DPR sanctions 20 oil marketers in Abuja for malpractices

The Department of Petroleum Resources said it had
sanctioned 20 petroleum marketers in Abuja in the last one
week for engaging in sharp practices.
The DPR Head of Public Relations Unit, Abuja zone, Mr Seidu
Mohammed, made this known at a centenary and
Independence Day party organised by the department in
Abuja.
Mohammed said the marketers were sanctioned for
offences ranging from under dispensing, selling above pump
price, hoarding and diversion of petroleum products.
He said the marketers were engaged on unwholesome act
during and after the recent strike by oil workers.
The spokesman said that during the strike which lasted for
five days things went bad and marketers capitalised on the
situation to exploit the commuters by manipulating their
pumps.
“When you manipulate the pumps, automatically you are
either selling above the pump price or under-dispensing by
selling at what looks like the correct price. It is
unacceptable,” he said.
While warning against diversion and under-dispensing of
petroleum products to consumers at the filling stations, he
said that DPR’s surveillance teams had been deployed
around the city to check the menace.
Mohammed assured petroleum products consumers that oil
marketers would not exploit them, saying DPR would ensure
that oil users get value for their money at all times.
He said, “We have constituted four teams to comb the nook
and crannies of Abuja. We are assuring you that within this
week, especially during the festival there is no way we will
allow any marketer to defraud the motorists.
“Our staff go out for surveillance every day, including public
holidays and weekend, to make sure that marketers sell
products to motorist according to the rule and ensure that
motorists have value for their money.”

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