The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, yesterday in Uyo impounded a truck loaded with premium Motor spirit popularly called petrol, for diverting the product to the state capital to sale at high rate.
DPR’s Operations Controller incharge of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States, Mr. Bassey Nkanga disclosed this to newsmen during the surveillance of stations within Uyo metropolis.
He said that the truck with 33,000 litres of petrol diverted the product meant for Enugu State. Nkanga said, “This truck loaded fuel with registration number MHA 416XA from depot in Port Harcourt and it suppose to take this product to PPMC depot, Enugu and is seen in Uy. What we are going to do now is to call operations controller in Enugu that this truck that loaded product yesterday suppose to discharge it in Enugu is caught in Uyo.”
He said that the department would dispense the product at government approved rate of N86.50 per litre. “We will wait for them to discharge the product and take the dip and lock up the place. When we are ready to sell, we will sell it to the public at government official price,” Nkanga said.
The DPR Controller assured that Enugu Controller would sanction the marketer for diversion of the product, adding that the marketer would be fined N200 per litre of the fuel diverted.
“We are sending the way bill to Operational Controller, Enugu, to sanction the marketer accordingly,” he said.
The Sensor reports that the impounded product was in a filling station along Abak road, Uyo and dispensed to motorists at N86.50 per litre. Reacting to the development, the Manager of Tarmarks Petreum, who pleaded anonymity, said that he bought the product at the spot market. He, however, said that government had not given his allocation for the past one year.
Meanwhile, the DPR Operations Controller for the State, Mr. Bassey Nkanga has warned Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC, filling station in Uyo over under dispensing of fuel in the state. He said that the Department had written several letters to the Manager of the filling station to correct the pump but failed to response to the letters.
Nkanga further disclosed that the Department had so far sealed four filling stations for selling the products above government approved price.