The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has suspended licenses of 13 filling stations in Katsina State for diversion of petroleum products.
Alhaji Muhammad Sani, the DPR Field Operations Controller, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in Katsina.
Sani, said, that the affected filling stations would neither receive fuel allocation nor be allowed to operate until further notice, to serve as deterrent to others.
‘’It is unfortunate that these marketers were given allocation of petrol, but diverted the products to maximize profits, thereby causing more hardships to people.
“We are going to continue monitoring all filling stations to prevent them from diversion and other form sharp practices,’’
He also said that the department has sealed over 10 filling stations for selling the products above pump price and under delivery.
Sani revealed that the petroleum consumption in the state was 1.5 million liters per day, under normal condition.
He according to him, the present supply to the state was over 500,000 liters daily.
“The state is getting allocation every day, the supply is increasing on daily basis, for instance on Monday, we got 593,000 litres, 663,000, on Tuesday and 789,000 on Wednesday, so, we believe fuel scarcity will be over in few days.
“Filling stations will must revert to the normal pump price as the supply keep on increasing,’’ he said.
He advised filling stations to desist from selling petroleum products above the official price, under delivery and diversion or be sanctioned.
“We are ready more than ever before to check such sharp practices in our filling stations,’’ he said.