DPR monitors oil marketers’ compliance to new fuel price

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), on Wednesday, commenced a monitoring exercise to check oil marketers’ level of compliance with the new Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) pump price.

It said over 94 per cent of fuel stations visited within the Federal Capital  Territory (FCT) were selling within the stipulated price band of  N121.50 and N123.50 per litre.

Speaking after the exercise, DPR Abuja Zonal Operations Controller, Engr Abubakar Buba, said the agency embarked on enforcement of the new prices, following the new pricing template of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).

He said this was to ensure that marketers do not sell above the stipulated price range, under-dispense to motorists and do not divert the products to neighbouring states.

Buba explained that only two of the 36 fuel stations visited were caught, selling above N123.50 adding that both outlets have been sealed and sanctioned.

Meanwhile, the Operations Controller disclosed that investigations have commenced on reports of contaminated diesel sold in some parts of the country.

According to him, officials of the agency have visited the locations and to collect samples of the products for analysis.

“We have received a lot of complaints; some of them we visited and took samples, and we are now waiting for the analysis. Although the laboratory scientists are not available now, some management staff that we have are trying to make sure that they do the analysis.”

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