The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it will force filling stations that have petroleum product to sell at approved pump prices.
Gbenga Koku, Operations Controller in Lagos/ Ogun Zonal Office, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday that the agency had directed its surveillance teams to visit filling stations.
Mr. Koku said that any station that fails to sell petroleum products at the approved rates would be shut down immediately.
“We are going to ensure that any station that has petroleum products sell to customers.
“Our position is to clear all queues and ensure that stations sell petrol at the pump price rate of N97 per litre,’’ he said.
The DPR boss, however, said that many filling stations were closed because they lacked products, stressing that many stations had not received products since the strike started.
“Most filing stations have run out of stock and we expect that before the week runs out, they will have products,” he said.
Mr. Koku noted that it was an offence to hoard petroleum products, adding that defaulter stations would be sanctioned.