Officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Akure the Ondo state capital have sealed a filling station, Funky Mass Nig. Ltd, Isolo Street in Akure, for not selling petrol to the public even when it had in stock.
It was found that the filling station which had told customers that it had to fuel had about 11000 litres of fuel in its reserve and was not dispensing to members of the public.
These were part of the measures put in place to ensure residents of Ondo state have access to petroleum products as they prepare for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Residents of Akure and its metropolis have been battling with fuel scarcity since the weekend, with many filing stations remaining locked as a result of no fuel, and the few ones that were opened had long queue of buyers.
When SUNSHINE HERALD moved around Akure metropolis, residents who had spent a long time at filing stations appealed to the government to do everything within its power to ensure the scarcity of fuel reduces.
Similarly, The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr. Doyin Odebowale has warned fuel marketers to desist from hoarding petrol, as anyone caught doing so will have their licenses revoked.
He said this on Thursday after monitoring the fuel situation in petrol stations in Akure.
According to Odebowale, the present administration is determined not to give room for any member of the public to go through undue pains unjustly.
He said, ”The Governor has asked us to move round and ensure that we lessen the sufferings of the people because we have received several complaints of the sharp practices of the fuel marketers.
“So many of these stations are hoarding fuel and we won’t stand for this. Anyone who dares to hoard fuel will lose his license for that station.
“After today, if we find any station that hoards fuel, we will dispense the fuel free of charge to the public,” he said.
The Acting Operations Manager, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Ondo State, Mr. Adewole Emmanuel, also warned that was a severe penalty for any station caught hoarding fuel.
“When we noticed the scarcity on Monday, we mobilised our men for monitoring. We will apply sanctions to any station caught hoarding fuel,” he said.