DPR shuts down 70 stations in Lagos

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has shut down no fewer than 70 filling stations Lagos in the last two weeks.

The clampdown was part of efforts to curb sharp practices in the downstream oil and gas sector.

It was gathered that the agency will lock up more stations this week in its drive to tackle operational errors on the part of management of fuel stations.

The DPR also shut down some stations in the Federal Capital Authority ((FCT) Abuja for contravening certain operational  rules.

DPR’s spokesman, George Enitor, said more stations found guilty of breaching operational guidelines will be sanctioned in the next couple of weeks.

He said fuel stations shut down in Lagos include those owned by members of the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).

According to him: ‘’The stations were shut down for violating rules. The offences include under- dispensing as evident by inability of the stations to sell accurate volumes or litres of petroleum products to users, selling fuel above the regulated price of N87, diversion of fuel meant for (A )station to probably( B) station.”

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