The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed 40 filling stations from January to date for various offences in Nasarawa State.
Alhaji Abdulrahman Muhammad-Bima, DPR Operation Comptroller, Lafia, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia on Monday.
According to him, “the affected filling stations, which included major and independent petroleum marketers, cut across the 13 local government areas of Nasarawa State”. He said that the offences committed included under-delivery, diversion of product, lack of safety and other related offences.
The comptroller explained that the affected stations were fined and were unsealed after the payment to the Federal Government. He said that the erring stations were punished for breaching the laws guiding their operations, adding that DPR would not compromise the set standard for filling stations operation.
Meanwhile, Muhammad-Bima disclosed that his office had also issued 15 licences for the operation of filling stations, while approvals were given for the construction of 20 stations across the state.
He also admonished motorists to steer clear of illegal filling stations, urging them to always patronise those selling unadulterated petroleum products.
“If there is fuel at the filling stations, why do you have to patronise black markets which may have been adulterated,” Muhammad-Bima said.
He explained that there was always fuel at filling stations, therefore there was no need to patronise black markets, considering that the products from legal filling stations were cheaper and reliable.
“If you buy fuel from filling stations and your car developed any problem or fault from it you can go to that filling station and report, unlike if you buy from the roadside unregistered market,” he said.