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.
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 said to be owned by 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 inspection.
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.
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.
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 marketers’ subjected members of the public to for pecuniary gains.
“It 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 government intervention,” he said.
“We 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.”
He called on the marketers to show patriotism in discharging and running their businesses as the government is doing enough to make the product available across the country.
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