The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, in a joint operation with the Department of States Security service, DSS, have intercepted 63 trucks loaded with Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS, intend to be diverted from various illegal holding bays in Kano state north western Nigeria
The Zonal Operations Comptroller in charge of Kano and Jigawa states, Isah Tafida said that the feat was recorded as a result of continuous surveillance on petroleum products and sales in the state.
“ Based on DPR’s call to the security agencies for assistance and their prompt response, we got tip off from the DSS and were able to apprehend about 63 trucks of PMS meant to be diverted.”
He said out of the 63 trucks, some were meant for Bauchi and Yobe, While all the trucks meant for Kano have been taken to the right filling stations and sold to the public at the government approved price of N86.50k .
He said the intensive monitoring operation on distribution of PMS has made the product relatively available and drastically reduced the long queues being experienced at petrol stations in the state.
“We have dispatched four surveillance teams to the Local Government Areas to monitor all nooks and crannies because we can not only monitor the metropolitan circles alone. We want to simultaneously reduce the hardship on all the people in the state.” Emphasized Tafida
He said based on the development, Gombe and Maiduguri DPR offices have been placed on alert over the trucks dispatched to their states, to ensure delivery and monitor sales to the public.
He explained that Kano currently receives between 30 to 40 trucks per day as against 18 to 20 that were being given some weeks back.
“We sincerely commend the NNPC for the increased supply. As you are aware, Kaduna Refinery has started production so we are looking towards increased supply to Kano and across the northern states in the coming days.”
Penalty and Fine
Tafida warned that the sanction, penalty and fine on the erring companies and filling stations are on-going.
“Any station found wanting for violating the petroleum regulation guidelines will be sanctioned” Cautioned the Comptroller
He commended security operatives in the state especially the DSS for their prompt response to the earlier calls made to them to assist the DPR in the intelligence gathering and monitoring exercise since they bear arms as well as the media for wider coverage of their operations .
“We appreciate the media and security agencies for responding to our call and their cooperation and understanding towards bringing lasting solution to this lingering fuel scarcity.” Applauded Tafida
Only two weeks ago, based on a presidential and ministerial directive, the DPR in Kano embarked on a clamp down exercise on marketers, where thousands of litres of impounded fuel were dispelled free of charge to the public and hundreds of thousands more were sold to the public at the official pump price of N86.50k per liter, despite claims by the marketers that the fuel was bought above the official pump price.
The downstream sector regulator also called on marketers to be safety conscious when discharging fuel form tankers to dump tanks at filling stations in the afternoon as temperature has increased beyond normal.
This comes as result of the fire outbreak at the A.A. Rano filling station near Central Hotel Kano on Wednesday afternoon killing 2 persons as fuel was being discharge from the tanker into the underground dump tank when temperature had risen well above 44 degree centigrade.
“They should adhere to DPR’s rules and regulation on discharge of fuel and not compromise safety of lives and properties.”
“They can endeavour to discharge early hours of the morning or late in the evening when the temperature is at moderate level,” advised Tafida