DPR seals off 50 petrol stations in Ibadan
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR),
Oyo and Osun field office has sealed off more than
50 petrol stations in Ibadan and environs for
hoarding and selling the product above
government approved price.
It has also embarked on aggressive disposal of the
product at filling stations that are creating artificial
scarcity in different parts of the state.
Notably, a filling station allegedly belonging to a
former senator from Oke Ogun part of the state
was among those sealed off by the DPR.
Another belonging to a former governor from
Ogbomosho, which was sealed off few weeks back
was also one of those compelled to reverse its
sales to government approved price during the
Meanwhile, it was a bad day for many marketers as
no fewer than 50 filing stations who were found to
be hoarding petroleum and kerosene, and noted to
be planning to sell at odd times at exorbitant prices
were also sealed off in different parts of the state
Many petroleum marketers across the state have
been cashing in on the masses by selling the
product at prices far above the government
regulated prices while only few major marketers
selling at the official prices experienced massive
crowd with many people spending more than ten
hours on queue to get the product.
Investigation revealed that, the product in the last
few days in major parts of the state sold between
N120 and N150 per litre.
Same could be said of kerosene which now sells
between N95 and N100 per litre.
Some of the filling stations where the enforcement
took place in Ogbomosho are: TDB global venture
limited, allegedly belonging to a former governor
of the state, Modern Options, Isale General, Ballah
Plus, Sabo, Rubbie oil, Stadium road, Musalat
Intergrated Resources Nigeria limited and Saajad
Resourses Nigeria limited.
The few marketers selling at government approved
prices during the inspection were also supported
in ensuring orderliness and promptness in the
sales by officials of the department who were
stationed by the team lead.
Conoil and Oando both around Eleyele were some
of the places the intervention of the officials of the
DPR helped save the day when the massive crowd
made selling of the products difficult for the sales
Some of those sealed off Thursday in Ibadan also
include: Prolek Molete for selling at N130 per litre
and not willing to reverse sales, Alleluyah Oil, Idi-
Arere, allegedly owned by a former senator in the
state, for selling at N140 per litre and Oando,
Oritamefa for hoarding the product.
Engineer Olakunle Ogunlana, Operations
Controller, Oyo and Osun Field office who spoke
through Mr. Sadiq Ibrahim, deputy manager
(operations) said the effort is to cushion the pain
fraudulent marketersâ€™ subjected members of the
public to for pecuniary gains.
Ogunlana said: â€œit is unfair how some few people
unduly take advantage of millions of other people
just to make selfish gains. This scarcity is making
things difficult for members of the public despite
â€œWe will not rest until we ensure that they
(independent marketers) do what is right in the
interest of Nigerians. We will not allow them
rubbish government efforts.â€
He however called on the marketers to show
patriotism in discharging and running their
business interest as government is doing enough
to make the product available across the country.
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