PPPRA seals off filling stations in Osun
From BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE, Osogbo
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Petroleum Products Prices Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) yesterday sealed off no fewer than six filling stations in Osogbo, the Osun state capital for allegedly selling premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as petrol above the N97 per litre announced by the agency.
The filling stations, located around Oke Baale and Ilobu Road areas were selling a litre of petrol for between N100 and N105, a development which was described as illegal by the PPPRA.
The PPPRA task force led by Mr John Ikwejuibe stormed Osogbo in the early hours of the day and moved round the town to find out filling stations selling above the normal pump price announced by the Federal Government. Mr Ikwejuibe who announced that the affected filling stations would remain closed until further directive of the agency, warned petroleum dealers in the state against noncompliance with the pump price of petroleum products.
He said the action was taken by the agency to avoid further fraudulent practices by petroleum dealers in the country and the state in particular. Also, Mr Ikwejuibe cautioned petrol dealers in the state against adjusting their machines, saying, “whoso ever is discovered to have adjusted the pump machine of their filling stations will also have their stations closed down by the agency.”
He said the agency would continue to beam its search light on the state to ensure total compliance with the new pump price of N97 per litre as directed by the Federal Government, adding that any petrol dealer who sells above the price would be punished appropriately.