DPR cautions petroleum marketers against meter adjustment

A petrol station used to illustrate the story
A petrol station used to illustrate the story

DPR says it will punish all erring marketers.

Some petroleum marketers especially in the rural areas adjust their dispensing pumps or sell above the government approved pump price to exploit their customers and make more profit, the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, in Enugu, has said.

The DPR Operations Controller in the state, Peter Ijeh, said this when the leaders of the Anti Corruption Awareness Organisation Nigeria, ACAON, paid him a courtesy visit on Friday.

The DPR warned petroleum marketers against adjusting their dispensing metres, saying that it would not hesitate to punish erring marketers.

ACAON is an NGO engaged in investigating, fighting and sensitising Nigerians on the adverse effect of corruption.

Mr. Ijeh said that the department was strengthening its enforcement and inspection activities, to seal the filling stations of erring marketers.

“Any marketer found wanting will be punished and any petrol station sealed by DPR must correct all observed anomalies as well as renew its operating licence before we can unseal the station,” he said.

The controller urged members of the anti-corruption organisation to report activities of corrupt marketers to the department for proper action.

Earlier, the Enugu State Director of the organisation, Bassey Okon, described the adjustment of meters by some marketers as `fraudulent’.

Mr. Okon pledged the organisation’s readiness to partner with the department and security agencies to stamp out corruption from the petroleum downstream sector of the economy.

Reacting to the development, Chukwudi Ezinwa, the South East Acting Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, urged customers to report stations that engaged in the exploitation of customers by adjusting their meters to the zonal office.

“There are some people who do that to exploit the end users. We don’t support them. It is not in our character to exploit those that patronise us.

“If any customer finds out that a particular station specialises in doing that, they should contact us, so that we can contact DPR.

“Most times fuel pumps do over measure and under measure because they are man-made,” Mr. Ezinwa said.

(NAN)

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