The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Northwest zonal says it has sealed 14 fuel service stations in Sokoto and Kebbi states for selling above the federal government approved price.Mr. Muhammad Makera, the Zonal Operations Controller of DPR in charge of Sokoto and Kebbi states disclosed on Saturday in Sokoto that the sanctions were meted between Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11th respectively.
Makera revealed that the department had visited 43 fuel selling stations in Sokoto State, noting that three fuel stations were sealed off for selling above control price and one for suspected diversion of the products.
He added that 69 fuel selling stations were visited in Kebbi State and five were sealed off for selling above control price, two without a valid operating license, while three for suspected diversion of products.
According to him, 83 trucks of Premium Motor Spirits (PMS) were supplied to the three states from Wednesday and Thursday, out of which 28 were for Sokoto, 47 for Kebbi and 7 to Zamfara State.
Makera said that surveillance operation was ongoing nationwide; adding that it is part of measures to ensure adequate availability of fuel sold at a regulated price and to caution customers against panic buying.
He cautioned marketers against flouting government regulations and ensure proper dispensing at a regulated price between N140 to N145 per liter.
The Zonal Operation Controller stressed that the government was committed to ensuring proper supply of fuel to prevent shortage at all times.