NNPC Mega Filling Station, Seven Others Shutdown in Aba Over Tampered MeterFeatured, Latest News, News From The State Monday, February 10th, 2014
IGNATIUS OKPARA, Aba
For short changing customers through metre adjustment, the Abia state office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Monday sealed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega station in Umuahia and seven other independent filling stations in the state.
The DPR action came after a surveillance exercise carried out by its field workers in the state during which it was discovered that the affected stations were cheating their customers with as much as two litres on every ten litres dispensed.
Out of the eight filling stations sanctioned, seven were located in Umuahia, the state capital which includes NNPC mega station, Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway; Sinday Oil services; NNPC sales outlet and Forte Oil (formerly AP) all on Aba road.
Others are Tonimas Ltd, MRS Ltd and ELWAZZEY Oil Ltd, located at Mission Hill, Umuahia. Kenjika filling station on Aba/Owerri road was the one sealed at Aba.
Speaking to newsmen after the exercise, DPR’s Operations Controller, Abia state, Dr. Jones Ogwo, had regretted that some marketers including the NNPC mega station were out to sabotage the efforts of the federal government in making petroleum products affordable to Nigerians.
He said despite government’s introduction of the bridging regime to cushion the effects of expenses incurred by marketers in bringing the products to their filling stations, some of them still engaged in sharp practices to dupe the public.
“I am surprised at what I saw at the NNPC mega station which is supposed to be a model. What I saw there clearly undercuts the efforts of the Minister of Petroleum Resources in promoting the mega stations across the country.”
He further hinted that owners of all the sealed filling stations will sign undertakings that they would not indulge in such sharp practices again before they would be allowed to operate, just as he threatened to withdraw the licence of marketers who cheat the public.
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