The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Niger has sealed six filling stations over alleged sharp practices.
The Operations Controller, Alhaji Isah Abdulahi, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna that the stations were sanctioned for hoarding, under dispensing and overpricing of the products.
Abdullahi said the defaulters would be made to face the penalty as stipulated in the regulations.
“Every offence has its own penalty. For instance, if a filling station is sealed for under delivering, the fine is N100,000 per pump and such station is expected to pay fines to the Federal Government,” he said.
He said the sealed stations would not be able to dispense petrol until the fines were paid.
Abdullahi said it was not their intention to seal petrol stations that have petroleum products and deny people access to the products, but to ensure that they sell to the public at approved pump price.
He, however, appealed to members of the public to assist the DPR with useful information on any station selling above the regulated
The DPR official advised owners of filling stations to obtain licence to enable them to buy products directly from private and
On safety measures, he directed marketers to provide fire extinguishers and sand buckets at the filling stations for