A subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department Petroleum Resources (DPR), has launched fifty-nine (59) telephone numbers for Nigerians to call if they found filling stations hoarding o selling above official price of N145 in their area.
The move followed the recent fuel scarcity in the country. “We’re monitoring the fuel supply situation across the country. Reports coming in from Lagos and Abuja suggest queues are abating,” DPR said in a tweet.
Before launching the Fuel Situation U-Report, DPR stated that some fuel marketers were found to be diverting or hoarding petroleum products, thereby complicating the situation.
Head of Public Affairs Unit of the Abuja office of the DPR, Mr. Mohammed Saidu, explained that shortly after the DPR concluded its recent round of inspections on petrol stations in Abuja and its environs, about about 129,000 litres of petrol were found to have been diverted by marketers within Abuja region, while a combined fine of N30.5 million were levied on three of such stations to be paid into the Treasury Single Account, TSA, of the Federal Government.
How to report Fuel Scarcity in your area
There are two ways to report fuel situation in your area in to report unethical behavior by marketers and filling stations.
On twitter, use the hashtag #fuelsituation by including your location
By calling any of the nearest DPR zonal office close to your state.
Fuel Situation Telephone numbers to call to report hoarding or selling of fuel above official pump price
Here is the list of DPR zonal/field offices operations contact telephone numbers nationwide you can report to:
LAGOS —08070690616, 08056696571, 08028880680
PORT-HARCOURT —08056696580, 08033048596, 08063635390
WARRI —08070690617, 08034417486, 08038738359
OWERRI —08070690611, 08082097518, 08036676057
ABUJA — 08058368253, 08113952176, 08057495196
MAIDUGURI —08070690650, 08056497091, 08113952126
EKET – 08056497057, 08037512821
ENUGU – 08113936388, 08033117125
GOMBE —08074177277, 08184946846
JOS —08056696568, 08039686814
IBADAN —08056497407, 08038133727
ABEOKUTA —08033063563, 08033015016
BAUCHI- 08033098282, 08023557840
GUSAU —08056696561, 08033120307
LOKOJA —08055202657, 08113952121
SOKOTO —08056696560, 08096484890
YOLA – 08058298831, 08030776399, 08023035884
MAKU ROI —08034071267, 08113952139
YENAGOA —08113952167, 08113936405
KATSINA —08070690635, 08039686814, 08079903870
ILORIN —08150618402, 09053992112
KANO —08070690624, 08033208278
BENIN —08113936390, 07038646578
MINNA – 08056696578
Fuel Situation U-Report
Meanwhile, the approach is yielding positive result from across the country, as Nigerians have taken to twitter to report the situation in their area.
Some of their reports include:
“Currently in Kubwa, near Railway station , a fuel station was trapped by DPR officials bcos of their unethical behavior .#fuelsituation”
Another user says:
“#fuelsituation I wish to inform u that there is a black market depot in my neighborhood @ 29 Deeper Life Road, Ubeji, Warri, Delta State. Here trucks come to off load there content in drums to d black marketers under d supervision of law enforcement agents.”
“#fuelsituation we cannot continue like this, some mkters and DPR officers should be prosecuted for sabotaging govt efforts”
#fuelsituation filling stations are still under lock and key at Ologuneru, eruwa road, ido LGA, Ibadan, Oyo state. I mean no station is selling as at this afternoon. We have like 15 petrol stations on this axis. Sukurah at eleyele sold #240 yesterday
#fuelsituation Ib. queues only at stations selling control price but no qu The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, yesterday, accused petroleum marketers of hoarding and diversion of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, thereby fuelling the scarcity of the commodity across the country
Abdullahi Olatunji Bello @aobello suggests that informants should be compensated with proceeds:
#fuelsituation I strongly suggest the principle of Whistle blower where proceeds of hoarded fuel goes to NNPC and informants compensated…
#fuelsituation This black market depot has been operating since the beginning of the year. It happens right in the middle of the road. They liter the whole ground with oil and store drums of diesel in an open area thereby putting our lives at risk.
Fuel scarcity is gradually becoming a recurrent situation in Nigeria during festive period. Already, it’s been speculated that the scarcity is a calculated attempt by the Federal Government to increase the pump price, a rumour FG debunked.
We hope the government steps in to solve the problem.