By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor
The Sokoto Field Office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), which is also in charge of Kebbi has assured that measures were in place to hoarding and diversion of petroleum products were checked.
The Head of Operations, Nurudeen Abdullahi Kamba in an exclusive interview with Newsdiaryonline on Tuesday
“There was shortfall in terms of supply of the PMS. This brought about panic-buying, a situation that made product sellers to take advantage. The shortfall, which was as a result of logistics problems has been solved as the product is now very much available.
“We just visited a number of filling stations and found seven of those visited selling at regulated prices and the queues
“Average daily supply is 25 truck per day. Last week, we received six or seven truck per day, as a result of the logistics problem i told you about. And following the rumour of subsidy removal, people thought the rumour was being confirmed and began panic-buying.
“The supply has improved because Sokoto metropolis only received 12 trucks, which is why you will see that the queues have reduced drastically. I am assuring you that by the end of this week, everything will stabilise.
“Because of the scarcity, we found some stations that increased their pump prices. Between Friday and today (Tuesday), we have sealed three stations for over-pricing. They will remain sealed until they pay penalty of N100,000 per pump and even after then, will remain sealed for some days to serve as deterrence,” he told Newsdiaryonline.
On product hoarding and diversion, Kamba said the Sokoto Field Office has continued to intensify surveillance on illegal activities.
“On daily basis, we monitor product supply to the state as well as their off-load at designated filling stations. We also monitor that the product is sold to the general public by the filling stations that received it. We make this monitoring process a routine one,” he said.