Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Ilorin Field Office, Kwara State, has threatened a show down with petroleum marketers cutting corners over the sales of petroleum products in the state.
It has, therefore, demanded that marketers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the state should measure litre of their pumps daily to guard against short-changing customers.
Controller of Operation of the Department, Sule Yusuf made the demand when he led an inspection team from the office to some petrol stations in Ilorin. Inaccuracies over correct gauging of the PMS have observed in some of the stations visited.
Yusuf spoke as the team sealed up a filling station, ‘MRS’ station, at the Abdulwahab Folawiyo-Ibrahim Taiwo Road junction in the town over non-functioning and malfunctioning of some of the pumps in the station.
Apart from the MRS, the team also visited Olak Petrol Station along Ajase-Ipo Road and Total Filling Station along Old Jebba Road, which was discovered to have operated with inaccuracy in measurement of their litres.
The team discovered that in most cases, pumps of the filling stations were under-dispensing, thereby short-changing customers.
However at the Total Petrol Station, it was discovered that while a pump was under-dispensing, another one was over-dispensing to the disadvantage of the marketer.
Yusuf said that in order to ensure accuracy, the marketers should measure the litres every day before they start to dispense fuel.
He said they decided to seal up the ‘MRS’ because two out of four pumps for dispensing PMS were not functioning while the one for diesel was malfunctioning, as it could not show details of the transaction to customers.