The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned all petrol filling stations in Kwara state to steer clear from the act of hoarding petrol, cheating and indulging in sharp practice.
Mr Salvation Philip, DPR Operation Controller in the state, who spoke on Wednesday when he led a team on inspection of some petrol stations in the state, also stated that N2 million would be imposed as fine on any petrol filling station in the state found culpable of any of the unruly acts.
Apart from paying the fine, Philip stated that the affected stations will also be suspended for two months.
The DPR OC gave the warning following the lingering fuel crisis in Ilorin.
It was reported that few filling stations in Ilorin and environs, which have the product, have long queues of motorists.
Philip said the measure would not only send warning signal to marketers but also deter others believed to be perpetrating the unpatriotic act.
According to him, hoarding of fuel was criminal and would be treated as such.
The controller said that the affected station would be banned from lifting fuel in any depot in the country.
He said that DPR would formally communicate to the erring companies the embargo placed on their operation.
Philip noted that the department was disturbed by unwholesome activities of some station owners because their illegal practice affected business activities and masses in the state.
The monitoring team visited a petrol station on Ajase-Ipo road during the inspection, and discovered that the station was selling at N120 per litre, contrary to the official price of N87.
Philip however directed the station to immediately revert to the approved price and warned that the agency would not tolerate sabotage.
In another development, about 3,200 litres of petrol was discovered in another station on the road when the team visited the station, but the station manager claimed that the product was reserved for the owner of the station.
The DPR boss, who described the action as a clear case of hoarding, warned that the agency might impose N2 million fine on the station.
He said, “Hoarding in this critical time is criminal and we would treat it as such. “I don’t think it is a good thing to keep fuel for personal use while members of the public it is meant to serve are denied.
“From now, this act of sabotage would be meted with full wrath of the law to serve as deterrence to others. “Any station found wanting will pay N2 million fine and would be suspended for two months,’’ he said.
He said that the monitoring of filling stations in the state was to ensure compliance with the laid down rules and regulations governing oil and gas sector in the country.