DPR seals 46 fuel stations in A’Ibom, warns against panic buying of fuel

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By Emeka SamueI

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), in Akwa Ibom say it has sealed 46 fuel stations without the department’s licenses and under dispensing of petroleum products in the area.

It had also advised the public not to panic in buying petroleum products during the yuletide season.

The DPR Head of Operations in Eket, Engr. Olusegun Dabor disclosed this when the department carried out routine inspection of fuel stations in Uyo on Thursday.

Dabor noted that some filling stations were yet to acquire license since they started operating in the state while others were operating without sign posts.

Others the Head of Operations said were operating illegally for over six years without approved licensed from the department in the state.

“The department have sealed 30 fuel stations without operational licensed and 16 stations were under dispensing their products.

“Those filling stations under dispensing, we have to come back and check if their pump is working before we can unseal them.”Dabor explained.

He noted that the department was on aggressive surveillance to check the activities of petroleum products during the yuletide season.

Daboh said that the names of the defaulters would be given to the sister agencies for further prosecution even as its surveillance team of the department was working with sister agencies to monitor the sealed filling stations in the state.

The Head of Operations said the department would give the defaulters one month to repair their pumps in the areas before operating in the state.

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