The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR has said it will not be deterred in its effort to clamp down on any filling station that sells fuel above the official pump price of eighty seven naira per litre.
South South Zonal coordinator of DPR, Onyebuchi Sibeudu said this in Port Harcourt in reaction to comments by the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN that sealing of fillings stations may cause scarcity in Rivers state.
Sibeudu told DAILY POST that IPMAN has no right to inflate the price of fuel products, stressing that DPR will not allow any group to go against the directive of the federal government.
The Zonal Head of DPR also disclosed that the Department has shutdown about seventy-five filling stations after carrying out surveillance on more than five hundred filling stations in Port Harcourt.
While calling on the general public to report any case of illegal sales of fuel product in the state to the DPR, Onyebuchi Sibeudu said most of the filling stations sealed were punished as a result of hoarding, over pricing and under dispensing of fuel.
“All these media campaign against DPR cannot solve the problem. Nobody has a choice here. Government has said nobody should sell above N87.
“IPMAN has no right to sell above N87 no matter the supply situation out there all we know is that they must not sell above government regulated price. It is not negotiable.
“So, rather than try to run down DPR, IPMAN should also help to tell their members not to sell above N87, ” she said.
Chairman of IPMAN, Port Harcourt unit, Sunny Nkpe also cautioned DPR over their recent action against private oil marketers and owners of filling stations.
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR and the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN have been locked in rift over the price of fuel products in filling stations.