Officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources have shut down fifteen stations and two Gas plants Osun State due to their non-compliance to global best practices on Thursday, August 8.
The Controller of Operations Mr Ademola Makinde disclosed this after routine surveillance on all filling stations in an attempt to protect people against possible exploitation by corrupt operators of filling stations and gas plants in the State.
According to Makinde, one of the major mandates of the DPR includes a routine check for product hoarding and diversion and selling of petroleum product above the approved pump price and during their routine check-up about 15 filling stations were sealed for under dispensing, operating without a valid licence and seven out of the stations were not even in use.
Makinde said two gas plants sealed were operating without a valid license, installation and upgrades with non-compliance to safety standards, he also added that DPR have rules and there are penalties if the rules were not obeyed.
The rules and penalties are as follows:
” If you are under dispensing to a marginal level, we may require you to go and reset your pump which we will inspect for possible reopening”.
” If there are critical infractions, penalties range from N100,000 to N1 million if by chance any marketer tampered with DPR official seal”.
He added that marketers are not DPR’s enemies, however anyone who does not obey the rules will be penalized, he said they are both partners working to achieve the same goal.
” One of the mandates of DPR is to sustain marketers to grow their business but that can only be done if they cooperate and do not play smart and sidetrack the DPR”. said Makinde.
He further urges the citizens of the state to report to the authority if they notice any fraudulent activity or inadequacies by the petroleum marketers as he promised to make sure that the agency gets rid of any station caught in the act.