Officials of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), on Thursday, sealed 15 filling stations and two gas plants in Osun over non-compliance with global best practices.
The stations were sealed off at different locations during the department’s routine surveillance on filling stations and gas plants.
The DPR’s Operations Controller in the state, Ademola Makinde, while speaking with newsmen after the operation said, the surveillance was part of the core mandate of DPR to ensure that the masses were not short-changed by the petroleum marketers.
He said the exercise was aimed at checking product hoarding, diversion and selling regulated products above the approved pump prices.
Makinde, who noted that 29 filling stations were visited during the surveillance, said the sealed filling and gas stations were under-dispensing and operating without valid licences.
”Today, we visited 29 filling stations, 15 were sealed for under-dispensing, operating without valid licences and seven were not in use.
”Additionally, two gas plants were sealed for offences varying from operating without valid licenses, installation and upgrade and non-compliance to safety standards.
“And one good thing about DPR rules is that there are penalties if you flout them.
“If you are under-dispensing to a marginal level, we may require you to go and reset your pump and which we will inspect for possible reopening.
”But if there are critical infractions, penalties range from N100,000 to N1 million, N1 million if by chance any marketer tampered with the DPR official seal”, he said.
Makinde, however, said the department and the petroleum marketers were not enemies but rather partners in progress.
”To the marketers, I have to emphasise this, we are not enemies but rather we are all partners working for the same goal.
“One of the mandate of DPR is to sustain marketers to grow their businesses, but that can only be done if they cooperate, do not cut corners and sidetrack DPR,” Makinde said.