Assembly Warns Petroleum Marketers On SharpPractices
Lawmakers in Enugu State have warned marketers of petroleum products that they would not hesitate to invoke the wrath of the law on those engaging in sharp practices.
The Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Petroleum Resources, Mr Donatus Uzogbado, issued the threat after monitoring the sale of petrol in some filling stations, following the continued sale of the product above government approved pump price of N97 per litre.
Uzogbado, who led members of the committee on the exercise, decried the attitude of independent marketers who continued to sell the product at N170 two days after the Federal Government slashed the pump price from N141 to N97.
He listed offences punishable by the state’s law to include hoarding of products, selling with one dispenser, selling at night to black marketers, under dispensing and over pricing.
Other offences include not giving access to the committee to check availability of product as well as sale of adulterated products.
The chairman said that any station found guilty of the offences would be sealed or the available fuel would be sold to motorists at government approved pump price.
He said that the monitoring would continue in Enugu and other urban cities until normalcy returned, adding that the exercise was aimed at checking greed and excesses of petroleum products dealers.
“It is unfortunate that we are our own enemies. When the price was increased, they did not hesitate to change but now that government reduced it, the marketers are finding it difficult to reverse.
“We will use every avenue to ensure that our people are not being cheated. If you have fuel and run away we will seal the station,’’ Uzogbado said.
Some of the stations visited were Bontus Oil on Garden Avenue, whose manager, Mr Tochukwu Agbo, said its stock was exhausted.
At Avia Filling Station and Nowas, the team forced the pump attendants to dispense the product to motorists at government approved price of N97 per litre as against the N170 they were selling.
Only Master Energy and Onado in Trans-Ekulu were selling at N97 with the attendant long queues while all the NNPC stations, including the megastation at Naira Triangle, as well as other major marketers were closed to customers.