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DPR, Oyo Govt Clamp Down on Seven Filling Stations in Ibadan

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in collaboration with the Oyo State Government have sealed off seven filling stations within Ibadan metopolis owing to their refusal yo sell the petroleum product to members of the public.
The filling stations were on Wednesday sealed by a Joint Task Force of DPR, Oyo State Government and
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The team had gone round the metropolis to enforce the N145 per litre pump price as well as check hoarding of the products.
Mr. Sadiq Ibrahim, the Deputy Controller, DPR, Oyo State Office told newsmen that the essence of the monitoring exercise was to check the hoarding of the product and hike in the price.

Ibrahim stated that some of the filling stations caught hoarding the product and selling above pump price during the monitoring exercise would be sanctioned.

“Those of the filling stations caught hoarding the product would be charged for hoarding, while those who are selling above pump price would also be sanctioned.

“This is because government has not increased pump price. What we have been able to do is to compel those hoarding to sell to the public at pump price and later seal them,” He said.

Mr Abidemi Shiyanbade, Special Adviser on Community Relations to Governor Abiola Ajimobi told
newsmen that the governor had directed the constitution of the task force to check the hardship faced by residents in getting the product.

“The governor has directed that the task force check for marketers hoarding the product and those selling it above the pump price.

“What we have discovered is that some of the have and not selling, while some are selling above pump prices in the night.

“The synergy with DPR is to check their dump and force those who have it to sell at stipulated pump prices to the public. We will not stop on the exercise until the marketers comply with the regulations. We won’t not allow people take laws into their hands,” He said.

In an interview, Mr Toye Arulogun, the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism as well as Mr Fatai Salau, the State Commissioner for Liaison Affairs and Special Duties also corroborated Shiyanbade’s claim.

Arulogun and Salau who were also on the monitoring team said that the effort of the government was to ensure residents get the product and at government stipulated price.
Among the filling stations sealed were Kesbash Oil Nigeria Limited, SWORT Oil & Gas, Oduwoye Global Services Ltd, JOSFRAD International Venture, ROYLAB International Venture and BALEY Nigeria Limited.

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