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Subsidy removal: DPR warns marketers against exploitation



Chinazor Megbolu   |    

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned marketers in Zamfara State not to exploit customers over petroleum subsidy removal.

The Federal Government agency in the State sounded this warning on Wednesday, urging the marketers operating there not use the subsidy removal as an excuse to exploit customers.

The Operations Controller in charge of Gusau DPR Field Office, Alhaji Yusuf Shehu, during a news briefing in Gusau, noted that the agency would not allow customers to be cheated as a result of the petroleum subsidy removal.

He explained that even though there was an increase in the price of petrol at both depots and retail outlets due to the subsidy removal, marketers should not use it as an opportunity to exploit customers.

According to him; “marketers should desist from selling lower quantity than what they display in the pump. They must make sure that one litre is up to one litre before selling to customers.

“Any marketer found selling less than a litre, the department will deal with him”.

Shehu, however, urged them to ensure that their pumps at their retail outlets are working properly.

“We are to ensure that there is the equity between the marketers and buyers, we are also to make sure that the quality and quantity of the petroleum product is guaranteed,” Shehu said.

Furthermore, he also charge the marketers to always patronise only licensed depots for products in order not to compromise quality.

Shehu buttressed that the warning was necessary because members of the public, who patronise retail outlets, do report to DPR anytime they’re cheated.

“Members of the public should always report to the department in case of any irregularity.

”In case you buy products and you doubt the quality or standard, you should report to the department”, Shehu said.

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