Fuel diversion: DPR monitors three marketers in Anambra

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) is closely monitoring three filling stations in Awka, Anambra, on suspicion of diverting petroleum products allocated to them.
Ahmed Gwaram, the Controller of Operations, Enugu office of DPR in-charge of Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Awka, on Thursday.
He, however, did not disclose the names of the affected filling stations since they are still under investigation.
Gwaram, who led the field monitoring team, said the product of the marketers had not arrived at the filling stations at the time the team visited 24 hours after their product left Enugu.
The DPR official decried the increasing cases of product diversion across the country, saying the development was impacting negatively on the supply and price of petrol.
“We are currently monitoring three filling stations which have not shown evidence that the product meant for them had been discharged accordingly.
“We have instructed them not to discharge the products when they arrive until they get clearance from us.
“These trucks left Enugu more than 24 hours ago. It is expected that they should have arrived, but they are claiming the products are still on the way.
“Diversion of petrol has become worrisome and the DPR is not going to allow it to thrive in the interest of the masses,” he said.
The DPR team also enforced the sale of petrol at the government approved of N145 per litre in some filling stations in the capital city.
Gwaram said selling above N145 remained unacceptable as it was a matter of Federal Government policy.
He advised those claiming that they were procuring petrol at above ex-depot price to show their receipts of purchase as evidence.
“It is simple; if you say you bought your product above the normal rate, show us your receipt or you don’t have reason to flout government’s order.
“We shall continue to ensure that the normal price is maintained,” he said.
A marketer, whose product was auctioned, Obi Obiekwe, said picketing filling stations would not yield sustainable solution to the crisis.
Obiekwe, who is the Managing Director of MOOB Petroleum, said petrol was currently being procured at about N165 per litre and blamed the lingering price hike on scarcity.
He called on the Federal Government to massively supply the product as well as grant license to more marketers to import petrol.
“The problem we have is excess demand over supply. The Federal Government should revive all the NNPC depots in the country, especially the Enugu depot that has collapsed for about 12 years.
“More private marketers should be allowed to have access to import products so that there would be enough supply in the country and that is the solution to the problem we have.
“As it stands now, we get products for N165 from private marketers and selling it at the regulated price of N145 is driving marketers out of business,” he said.
NAN reports that petrol is sold between at N180 and N195 in Anambra.

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