DPR clamps down on fraudulent marketers in Anambra

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed seven filling stations in Anambra for failing to comply with regulations.

The clampdown on the petroleum products marketers in the state was carried out by the Enugu Zonal Office of the agency during a compliance monitoring tour.

The exercise ranged from partial sealing of dispensing machines to total sealing of filling stations for under dispensing and selling of products above the recommended prices.

Peter Ijeh, the Operations Controller of the zone, said the agency would curtail the activities of fraudulent marketers.

Ijeh urged motorists to report noticeable sharp practices to the agency while assuring them that offenders would be penalised according to the law.

“After visiting 18 service stations, we recorded one case of over pricing, seven cases of under dispensing and three cases of violation of our seal.

“Some of the offenders were compelled to correct themselves on the spot but seven of them stand partially or totally sealed while those who violated our seal will be arrested.

“It is evil to short-change the masses when the federal government has made the products available. DPR is working to ensure full compliance and operators are encouraged to play by the rules,” he said.

Ijeh expressed satisfaction with the quality of products at the stations, adding that the agency had zero tolerance for products adulteration.

He commended some filling stations for complying with the rules on petroleum products dispensing and pricing.

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