Department of Petroleum Resources sanctions 58 unknown marketers


lagos_fueling_stationsThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Wednesday said more than 58 marketers have been sanctioned for various offences in Abuja and its environs during the period of fuel scarcity.
The Abuja Zonal Controller of DPR, Mr Aliyu Halidu, stated this during a chat with press men in Abuja. The controller who neither mentioned the name of the marketers that were affected nor their exact locations said 55 of them were sanction over DPK otherwise known as kerosene.
He said, “We have sanctioned over 55 marketers over kerosene and we have told the Petroleum Pipelines and Marketing Company (PPMC) to charge commercial value of the product of the product they supposed to bring to Abuja.
“In addition to the sanction some of them have been suspended for one year because they are yet to account for how they dispensed the product. But if they are able to account for it then we tell NNPC to charge them the commercial value of the product because the product did not suppose to go to where it was diverted to.”
Halidu said the agency has put on ground a solid surveillance team to monitor the lifting of products from depot to the discharge at various fuel stations, adding that the agency monitor the marketers to discourage hoarding of products as this is being done every day.
“We have the check and balances to know if the marketers are hoarding or not and if we catch anyone, we report to PPMC in addition to the sanction we give them from our end,” he said.
Halidu earlier said he never attributed the scarcity of fuel to the delay  in signing of contract for importation of petroleum products and illegal bunkering as being said in some quarters.
“To put the record straight, the issue of renewal of contracts for the importation of petroleum was never discussed during the budget defence before the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources Upstream. The issue of bunkering only came up when the chairman of senate committee on upstream suggested that the DPR could collect more revenue on behalf of the federal government if bunkering is resuscitated,” he said.
He said the agency agreed with chairman and informed the committee that the resuscitation of bunkering is in progress. For avoidance of doubt PMS otherwise known as petrol is not a bunkering fuel. He said the issue of subsidy was never discussed before the committee and wonder where the report emanated from.

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