Fuel Scarcity: DPR Shut Down Three Fuel Stations In Calabar
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has shut down three fuel stations in Cross River State for not accounting for three trucks of fuel.
Bassey Nkanga, DPR Operations Controller in charge of Cross River, directed the closure on Wednesday during a surveillance of fuel stations across the state.
“If the supply is consistent within the next few days, there will be no queues again. We are intensifying efforts to ensure that the product is available for all at the government approved pump price.
“We have sealed three fuel stations for not accounting for three trucks of fuel; two were sealed in northern Cross River and one inside Calabar.
“Since these fuel stations lifted the product from the depot on Tuesday, some of them are claiming that the trucks broke down on the way.
“We have given them 24 hours to report back to us, and if they fail to do so, we will conclusively deduce that they have diverted the product and we will apply all the sanctions accordingly.
“If any marketer is caught diverting the product, he or she will pay N200,000 on each litre diverted. If it is a whole truck, the marketer will pay like N6 million and if you are caught selling above government price, you will pay N100,000 as fine respectively,’’ Nkanga said.