By Ramatu Garba, Kano.
The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has sealed 14 filling stations in Kano, for dispensing fuel above the approved pump price.
The NMDPRA Coordinator in Kano State, Mr Aliyu Muhammad-Sama, stated this during a monitoring and surveillance exercise on Thursday in Kano.
He said that the authority shut the stations for dispensing petrol at between N295 and N300 per litre, above the approved pump price, as well as for the breach of surveillance for confirmation discharge and price regulations.
“We have strict regulations to punish offenders, which include revoking their licence of operation, sanction, payment of penalty and invalidation of transaction.
“For now; the sealed fuel stations will be sanctioned and must pay a fine of N150,000 per pump nuzzle, so long as they are willing to revert to prices that are convenient for the public,” he said.
He, however, noted that major oil marketers were dispensing petrol at N185 per litre, recalling that the authority sealed over 120 fuel stations in the state in December 2022.
“For any station that refuses to discharge fuel or sells above the stipulated prices, we will invalidate their equalisation transactions.
“We will invalidate the transactions, as the authority makes equalisation payment of N45 per litre for fuel, which the marketers transport from Lagos or Port Harcourt,” he said.