Tuesday, December 24,2019
By our correspondent in Taraba
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has urged consumers of the premium motor spirit (PMS) in Taraba state to as a matter of urgency desist from panic buying as there was enough of it products in circulation across the nooks and crannies of the state.
The Head, Retail outlets and marketing of the DPR Jalingo Field Office, Engineer Ibrahim Yakubu, who gave the assurance shortly after a surprised visit to filling stations scattered across the nooks and crannies of the state capital, it has enough stock to meet the need of customers during and after the yuletide.
Urging travellers and motorists to go to bed with their two eyes tenaciously closed by desisting from engaging in the hoarding of the product, the department, as Promised by him, would work round the clock to continue to ensure the availability of the said product in the entire filling stations across the state.
The decision of the leadership of the department to paid unscheduled visit to filling stations in Jalingo metropolis, he said was aimed at ensure strict compliance to the federal government approved pump price of N145 per liter, as well as ensuring safety regulations.
Visibly elated by the availability of the product in all the filling stations situated in the state capital, the reports from the entire local government councils of the state as made known by him, are not different from “what we have here in Jalingo, hence the need for the consumers, as made known by him, to eschew panic buying.
Yakubu, who also lauded marketers of the product for adhering strictly to the safety rules, said “the safety awareness is there” stating that “most of the filling stations are conscious of the safety regulations. “
Out of the more than twenty filling stations visited by the leadership of the department, only four stations were observed to have been sealed by the department.
Offenses said to have been committed by the affected stations ranges from the selling of the said product above federal government approved pump price, to the inability of the marketers to comply with the safety regulations handed to down to them by the department.
The stations as stated by him, would continue to stay out of market pending when they deemed it fit to adhered to the lay down rules of the department, stating that such measures would serve as deterrents to marketers who are as well nursing the ambitions of increasing their pump price.
Overwhelmed by the development, commercial drivers who have earlier planned to seek for alternative means of livelihoods pending when the yuletide is over, have reversed their decisions as they were seen busy playing host to passengers.
According to one of the commercial drivers “this people (DPR) have addressed our fears, because we thought that there is going to be an increase as well as scarcity of fuel. But with what we have seen today, we have resolve to role our vehicles back to the roads and attend to passengers that are travelling. END