Ondo Govt accused DPR for fuel scarcity, As agency seals 2 filling stations

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The Chairman of the Ondo State Petroleum Task Force, Dr. Doyin Odebowale has accused the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) as being behind the fuel scarcity currently witnessed in the state.

Odebowale who is also the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties took to social media platform, Facebook to make the allegation.

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He particularly mentioned one Mr. Emmanuel Adewole of frustrating the efforts of the state government.

Odebowale's Facebook comments
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He wrote, "I should like to reiterate the fact that the DPR in Ondo State and some elements who claim to be public servants are behind the menace.

"It was a so-called Director in DPR, one Emmanuel Adewole, working in conjunction with the so-called marketers, who are responsible for this wickedness.

"It was he who reminded me that I am not an indigene of Ondo State. We had gone round to enforce compliance in the Akure, Owo and Ose. Our performance was lauded.

"We had invited DPR officials in Ondo State to follow us being aware that it is only they who have the statutory function to sanction erring petrol dealers.

"We discovered that this particular man was always telling marketers of our movement, particularly me.

"We sealed a filling station in Isolo area of Akure for hoarding fuel. Okada riders had informed us of the nefarious activities of the owner of that place and one Bayduk.

"We went after them and sold off the product found, leaving 500 litres being allowed desk stock. Mr Adewole unsealed the station without getting back to us. He told me, bluntly, that he was in his state. He could not be ordered around.

"He also claimed to have reached out to some people in the corridors of power. He also reminded me of the limits of my power to intervene as a functionary of the State. He alluded to some provisions of Petroleum Act.

"Politicians, both in and out Government, hired freelance hustlers to abuse me. I was asked questions not related to my activities with regard to the fuel crisis but my sack by the corrupt authorities of University of Ibadan.

"I was undeterred but was forced to stop due to a curious security report which painted a gloomy picture in the sector ."

Meanwhile, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Tuesday sealed two filling stations in Akure, Ondo state for alleged sharp practices.

The stations, Shamrock Petrol station along the Ilesha/Owo expressway and Fadach Petrol station along Oba-Ile road  were both sealed for dispensing premium motor spirit above the official pump price of N145.

SUNSHINE HERALD gathered that workers fled the premises when DPR officials arrived at Shamrock filling station.

Residents lament

A visit to some major streets in Akure by SUNSHINE HERALD showed that many of the major marketers did not dispense the product as they claimed not to have any in stock.

However, long queues were sighted at the NNPC mega filling station along Ilesha/Owo expressway, Bovas Petrol station along Orita-Obele road, where PMS was both sold at N143.

Residents, who spoke to our correspondent said they have lost business opportunities while spending time at filling stations.

"This is not happening for the first time. It's time they find a final solution to it. I have been to three filling stations before coming here and they were not selling.

"I think government is not responsible for this. I am very sure that most of these filling stations have fuel. They are hoarding," a commercial driver lamented.

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