Posted by Arodiegwu Eziukwu, Yenagoa | 21 April 2016 | 2,916 times
Petroleum products marketers in Bayelsa received a total of 962,950 litres of petrol on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR).
Mr Asuquo Antai, Operations Controller of DPR in Bayelsa, said in Yenagoa on Thursday that the products were to be dispensed to the public at the approved pump price of N86.50.
Antai explained that he DPR had intensified surveillance on the marketers to ensure that the products were not diverted or sold above approved prices.
According to him, the products were distributed to marketers located at strategic locations in the state to cushion the effects of the scarcity of petroleum products currently being experienced in the state.
He said that efforts were being intensified to get more products from the Pipeline and Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) in Port Harcourt.
According to Antai, “Between Wednesday and Thursday, product supply to Bayelsa has increased significantly, even though we are yet to meet the demands of the public but there is an improvement.
“We got 15 trucks so far and the state received some 962,950 liters of PMS in two days allocated across the state and we want to emphasise that these products sourced from PPMC should not be sold above approved pump price.
“On Wednesday we got 10 trucks allocated to Bayelsa, five trucks went to NNPC Mega Station along Sani Abacha Expressway, Kenia and OGOFA, NNPC franchise stations located in Yenagoa one truck each.
“For the outskirts, Kimiwei located at Kaima got one truck while NNPC floating stations in Nembe and Oporoma each got one truck to take care of coastal communities in the state.”
Antai explained that five trucks were also allocated to Bayelsa on Thursday with three trucks going to NNPC Mega Station at Sani Abacha Expressway, while A. Anco, an NNPC franchise station in Yenagoa, got one truck and Kimiowe equally got one truck.
He enlisted the support of members of the public to monitor the stations to ensure compliance to approved price adding that it will compliment the efforts of DPR staff.
“We have increased field surveillance activities and have two teams in the field, but our staff cannot be permanently stationed at the stations on a 24 hour basis but the public can reach us an report on our complaints line,” Antai said.
“Members of the public are always at the stations and they should feel free to make reports on the following telephone lines and we pledge to respond promptly, 0802 081 6961, 0811 395 2167 and 0807 069 0617,” he added.
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