By M. Peter – Jos.

The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR in Plateau State has sealed some faulty and under-dispensing Premium Motor Spirit, PMS pumps across petrol stations in the Jos North and Jos South local government areas.

The Controller, Jos Field Officer of DPR, Jerome Agada who led his team to check activities of PMS operators assured the public that his organization is fully on ground to perform its oversight function over operators and ensure sanity in their operations so the public can have value for their money.

He also warned marketers especially those who want to short-change the public to know that DPR is around stating, “the Department of Petroleum Resources has sustained its oversight function over operators within this period particularly the retail outlet operators. In Plateau State and generally in the country, we have had sanity in petroleum resources supply and availability to the public.”

“We want to sustain that as we go into the yuletide. Christmas is close by and the data available to the Department clearly states that we have huge quantum of petroleum product in stock. Today we went out to ensure that the products available in the stations are dispensed to the public so that the public can have value for their money.”

“In the depot in Jos, we have over 26 million litres of the product so the question of scarcity is ruled out completely. What we are doing today is to sustain the tempo and to let the marketers especially those who want to play pranks and cheating the people know that the DPR is by the corner.”

“Today we visited 10 stations, out of these 10, 16 pumps were sealed; 14 were sealed for under dispensing, cheating the public intentionally; two for manipulating the pumps when they saw us approaching. 17 other pumps were also sealed because they are faulty; when they repair those pumps, they will call us to verify the accuracy before we open them.”