Department of Petroleum Resources seals off 55 petrol stations in Port-Harcourt

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The Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR), says it sealed no fewer than 55 petrol stations in Port-Harcourt and environs in the last six weeks for various offences.

Bassey Nkanga, Operations Controller, DPR, Port Harcourt Zone, disclosed this to newsmen as the department continued with its three-day inspection and surveillance of petroleum outlets in Rivers.

DPR had on Tuesday launched the exercise across the country to enforce regulations in the downstream petroleum sector.

Nkanga said the sealed petrol stations were among the over 500 outlets visited during the period, adding that most of the stations were caught in the act of under-dispensing products to unsuspecting users.

He said others were sealed for offences bordering on hoarding, over-pricing, over-dispensing, and operating without valid licence, obstruction as well as pump adjustment, among others.

Nkanga said that marketers caught under-dispensing petroleum products would pay fine of N100, 000 for each pump used for the illicit act.

He, however, said that DPR was impressed with the level of compliance to regulations by most petroleum marketers operating in the state.