From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR Benue State yesterday sealed three(3)petrol stations for failure to comply with their regulations and guidelines.
The stations include, Prime Power Nigeria Ltd along Naka road, Conoil located close to government house and Total along Kashim Ibrahim road all in Makurdi, the State capital.
At Prime Power petrol Station, staff of the department observed that they were under dispensing kerosene to consumers. At Conoil, they frowned at the sanitary condition of the station that also, has a broken fence and used as a car wash which necessitated it closure. While at Total, it was sealed because the station engaged in wrong metering and pump measurement.
Speaking to Journalists after the monitoring tour, State DPR Controller, Engr. Francis Adakole decried the attitude of management of Conoil who have several times been cautioned over the poor Sanitary condition of their Station but refused to take any action, insisting that this time, they must be a commitment from them before the station will be unsealed.
“At DPR, we insist on safety, operating a car wash inside a petrol Station is dangerous. It has also, been observed that most of the petrol stations use Chinese pumps which are adjusted digitally hence, they under deliver petrol to commuters. When we observe this, we seal the stations and make them pay a fine of 100,000 naira.