Defaulted filling stations in Akwa Ibom to pay fine of N1 million into TSA

Defaulted filling stations in Akwa Ibom to pay fine of N1 million into TSA

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Eket Field office, Akwa Ibom State said filling stations in the state, which violated seal order must pay a fine of N1 million to the Federal Government Treasury Single Account (TSA).

It added that about 32 filling stations were sanctioned for various offences between July 23 to 26 in the state

The Operations Controller of DPR, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Eket Local Government Area on Wednesday, said the filling stations were sanctioned for various offences such as under-dispensing, violation of DPR seal, non renewal of DPR licenses, and poor sanitary status.

Kingsley-Sundaye noted that Em-sset and Safetech Nigeria Limited had violated DPR seal order, saying that Safetech was first built without relevant approvals and the station was sealed for operating illegally.

His words, “In Akwa Ibom state, last week, some filling stations were put on seal order for committing one offence or the other.

“those filling stations that violated seal order would pay a fine of N1million to Federal Government Treasury Single Account.”

He said that the department had written to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) to checkmate those filling stations that violate seal order.

Kingsley-Sundaye said that if those filling stations are operating their normal businesses, NSCDC would arrest and prosecute them according to Nigerian law.

He warned pump attendants to desist from sharp practices that would shortchange members of the public.

Author: NZE Ihunanya

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