From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Head of Operation and Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Kogi state, Engineer Musimiu Odofin on Thursday assured that the department will embark on strict enforcement of the new oil pump price of N125 per litre as approved by the federal government.
Engineer Odofin who gave the assurance while speaking with our correspondent in Lkokja said his monitoring team will embark on massive sensitization and awareness creation on the need for all the Petrol Filling Stations across the state to comply with the new price immediately.
while speaking on the development, the Controller said “we are meeting right now to map out strategies for proper enlightenment and swung into action today to enforce compliance. Both enforcement and sensitization must go together to achieve result”
Odofin said the monitoring operation entails working on the oil pumps by technicians as they are automated.
The DPR Controller also told Our Correspondent that his organization will work closely with the Media in its awareness creation to enable all the petrol filling stations obey the new approved price.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government on Wednesday announced the reduction in price of petrol at the pumps stations from N145 to N125, per litre but most of the stations visited by Our Correspondent in Lokoja, the state capital on Thursday still sells fuel to motorists at the old rate of N145 per litre.
Minister of State for Petroluem Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva said President Muhammadu Buhari approved the reduction in pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS) from N145 per liter to N125 adding “The drop in crude oil prices has lowered the expected open market price of imported petrol below the official pump price of N145 per liter.
“Therefore, Mr. President has approved that Nigerians should benefit from the reduction in the price of PMS which is a direct effect of the crash in global crude oil prices.