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DPR seals up 13 fuel stations in Akwa Ibom over non-renewal of licenses

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Akwa Ibom has sealed 13 petrol stations for non-renewal of licenses and under- dispensing of Petroleum products in Eket local government area of the state.

The Operation’s Controller of DPR in Eket, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye disclosed this during surveillance of filling stations in Eket on Tuesday.

He said that one out of the 13 filling stations was operating illegally and does not have DPR operating license in the state.

The Operation’s Controller said that the department would also check gas refilling plant, white depot gas and depot and the likes to ensure that they are operating to set standard, safety wise and environmental compliance.

Kingsley-Sundaye further said the department was also carrying surveillance for housekeeping to ensure that the facilities are up standard.

He warned Petroleum marketers to desist from selling products with DPR seals, saying that anyone caught would pay a fine of N2 million.

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“I will take under-dispensing of petroleum product very seriously because people should have what is equivalent to the product they buy.”

“The exercise we are embarking now virtually in all the states and all the offices of DPR are carrying out same actions.

“We are involving robust media coverage so that the public will be aware of the actions DPR is taking and to gives signs to others who are doing similar business in order to ensure that people do business according to the rules of the business.

“The Department want to give the public hope and assurance that the stations that pass through those rigorous test, their product will be safe and their facilities will be safe for them to go and transact their dispensing businesses,” he said.

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