Story by Gladys Johnson
In a routine week surveillance of retail outlets of petroleum marketers in the Lagos Zonal operations of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, almost 90 petrol filling stations had their pumps sealed off which was as a result of various infractions ranging from under dispensing of petrol to illegal operation of a station without a license, and in some cases, outright abandonment of the facility.
A lot of the filling stations were found to be selling petrol above the stipulated official pump price of N87.00 and even under dispensing by as much as 2 litres per every 10 litres. In other words, consumers were paying for the equivalent of 10 litres of petrol while actually being served about 8 litres.
In particular, DPR completely sealed up those stations found to have been operating without a license, and have given them the opportunity to formally apply for a license as a means to regularize their operations.
The inspections of retail outlets of the downstream sector is a routine activity that is carried out daily in order to ensure compliance to basic regulations and the continuous availability of products to consumers at official prices.
The DPR Lagos zone of operations covers Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Kwara and Lagos state.