By Tony Ehighiale, BeninÂ
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Benin Depot, Edo State has stated that has uncovered sharp practices indulged in by operators of petrol filling stations in the state, saying it will begin massive clamp down on such operators.Â
The Head of DPR in the depot, Mr. Maynard Oriafo, at a press conference said a tour of surveillance and monitoring reveals that several retail outlets were involved in sharp practices, some of which were penalized.Â
He said following the new federal government directives owners of retail outlets in the state have been given two weeks ultimatum within which to regularize and renew their licenses, adding that failure to do so will attract stiff penalty.Â
â€According to Oriafo, all retail outlets must conform to this directive, violators will be deemed to be carrying out illegal activities and will face the consequencesâ€ he said.Â
Oriafo, maintained that theÂ monitoring is in furtherance to ensure compliance with the new federal government order that fuel be sold at N135 to N145 per liter, as part of effort to cushion hardship.Â
According to him â€œAny offender who violate the official pump price will have his station sealed, his licenses suspended, while those regarded as repeated offenders will have theirs revoked.â€Â
Some of the major Retail Outlets visited so far sold at N145 per liter, while Idahosa Filling station at MM way sells for N144 per litre, Fadigo filling station sold at N143 per liter, and NNPC Auchi sells for N135.