The Department of Petroleum Resources has warned fuel depot owners against hoarding petroleum products in their facilities, saying it would sanction erring operators.
The Director, DPR, Mr Sarki Auwalu, issued the warning last week in Lagos, according to a statement by the agency’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr Paul Osu.
Auwalu said the warning was necessitated by reports received by the agency on the activities of some depot owners who had created artificial scarcity by hoarding products in some parts of the country.
According to him, the depot owners’ nefarious activities are causing Nigerians untold hardships.
He said from available records, there was product sufficiency in the country, adding that there was no need for “such practices by these group of unpatriotic citizens”.
Auwalu said the DPR, as the licence issuers to all oil and gas facilities in Nigeria including the depots, would not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions on any depot found wanting in this regard.
He further stated that the agency had set up a special taskforce to intensify surveillance and monitoring of all depots to check this anomaly.
The director added that the DPR would continue to provide its regulatory focus of quality, quantity, integrity and safety for the effective operations of the downstream sector.