The authorities of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has released the result of an audit of petrol stations in Bayelsa State,announcing the discovery of fake and ghost Filling stations in the State.
According to the DPR, though the officials of the Department have been empowered with new technology to detect fake filling stations and those engaged in under pricing , the audit of Petrol stations in Bayelsa state have revealed that illegal Petrol stations outnumbered legal Petrol stations.
The Operations Controller of the DPR in Bayelsa, Mr Bassay Nkanga at a stakeholder meeting with members of the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), said the discovery has led to the riot act read to Petrol station owners in Bayelsa state over Petroleum Products diversion and under dispensing.
According to Nkanga,” Bayelsans have continued to complain over the price regime and under dispensing by Petrol stations in Yenagoa metropolis. Henceforth, any Petrol station found diverting petroleum products, engaging in under dispensing and illegal price regime would face the sanctions from the DPR.”
“DPR has uncovered illegal Petrol stations in Bayelsa state which has been reported to law enforcement agencies.DPR called the meeting to put the Independent Petrol Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on notice, disclosed that it is now well equipped to detect adulterated petroleum.
Any Petrol station caught engaging in wholesome practices would be sealed off without any delay.”
“After this meeting, all sanctions due for offending Petrol stations would be meted out. Product diversion carries severe penalty. We have observed that products sent to Bayelsa state are not discharged at the designated stations.
The quantity sent to Bayelsa is not much so how on earth can some people still divert the little one. Petrol stations under dispense in Bayelsa. This is not proper; this is bad and tantamount to cheating. DPR would no longer tolerate under- dispensing in Bayelsa.
“” We want to make it clear that this is not acceptable to DPR and after this meeting we would close down any erring station. We have just finished the audit of Petrol stations in Bayelsa state and our findings revealed that illegal Petrol stations outnumbered legal Petrol stations. All illegal stations would be handed over to law enforcement agencies.
”The IPMAN spokesman, Mr Samuel Anthony, commended the leadership of the DPR for its efforts in restoring sanity to Petroleum distribution and sales in Bayelsa state,”the IPMAN would support the DPR in its quest to stop product diversion, under dispensing and other illegal activities going on in Petrol stations in the state.”
Information from Compass Newspaper was used in this report.