The Department of Petroleum Resources, Eket field office, said it sealed 27 filling stations for selling above government’s approved pump price of N145 per litre in the state. The Operations Controller of DPR, Mr Bassey Nkanga, gave the figures in Eket when Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria officials visited the department.
He said that the filling stations were sealed within January and February in the state. Nkanga, who frowned at their action, threatened to sanction marketers that do not sell petroleum products at government’s approved pump prices of
N145 per litre. He said, “We are aware that
some of the marketers sell above government approved pump price. We are saying
no. Government has risen to
these challenges and all these challenges will be totally surmounted.”
He said that the department would not rest on its oars to ensure that petroleum products were sold at government’s approved price in the state. He said, “I want to appeal that this is not time for people to make huge profit, the pricing template of PMS has not change. We will not allow any marketer to sell above government price and if they don’t want to sell at controlled price, they should stop selling.’’
He, however, said some marketers had undergone undertaking with the department to sell at the approved price. He said that some marketers had started paying their fines and the department had unsealed their station. He said the department was working with other government agencies to ensure that marketers/IPMAN members were not sub-charged unnecessarily.
Fuel sells at
N150 per litre
in most fuel stations in Akwa Ibom.