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DPR seals three stations, 30 pumps in Anambra



DEPARTMENT of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed three petrol station and placed 30 pumps on out-of-use in Awka, Anambra capital over infractions of under-dispensing.

This clampdown on defaulting stations is part of the on-going surveillance on compliance to standard operations guidelines by DPR in the state.

Speaking to newsmen in Awka, yesterday, Ignatius Anyanwu (MNSE), Controller of Operations, at the Anambra office of the DPR said the compliance level in the state was impressive in spite the few infractions.

Anyanwu however, commanded marketers in Anambra for adhering to approved price range of N143 to N145, saying they should have high level of willingness to play by the rules.

“We have been on surveillance activities in Anambr. It is an ongoing process. I want to say that the compliance level in the state is generally high and it is not different here in Awka.

“There were few cases of infraction such as under-dispensing. We sealed a total of three stations today and placed out-of-use order on 30 pumps in a total of 21 filling stations visited.

“There was no case of over pricing. The range is consistently between N143 and N145 and that is quite encouraging,” he said.

Anyanwu however expressed concern over the lackluster attitude of marketers towards observing basic safety tips such as having functional fire extinguishers and sand buckets.

He urged customers in Anambra to feel free to buy products from any filling station of their choice as DPR will sustain the effort to ensure that there were no cheats in the system within the state.

“…DPR has come to stay in Anambra. I want to tell the marketers to keep up their willingness to comply.

A supervisor at Fesoil Filling Station, Awka, Mr Anthony Ijomah whose pumps passed the gauge tests said marketers could still make legitimate profit without shortchanging the unsuspecting customer.




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