Abuja — The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed 151 filling stations in the country between January and March this year.
Sixty nine of the stations, according to the head of the agency Billy Agah were sealed in January, 53 in February while 39 were shut in March this year.
Agah told newsmen at the agency's first quarter media briefing in Lagos that the stations were sealed for fuel diversion, hoarding, faulty pumps and selling above the statutory pump price.
He said the closure of the defaulting stations followed to 2,130 stations nationwide by the officials of the agency during the period in view.
According to him, during the period in view,1403 filling stations nationwide has stock of Premium Motors Spirit[PMS].
The DPR boss who spoke on post removal of performance deposit on prospective refinery owners by the agency said the development has paid off as four companies have been issued Approval to Construct.
These companies include: Resource Petroleum and Petrochemicals International, Sapele Petroleum Limited, Anthonio oil and Amakpe refinery.
Besides, he said four other companies namely; Ologbo Refinery Limited, Arrexium Refinery, Gasoline Refinery and Rehoboth Refinery have been issued Licence to establish refinery by his agency.
On lubricant blending plants, Agah said equipment integrity and up to date licensing inspection were carried out within the quarter nationwide.
He said the development was sequel to the January 1 outlaw of sale of unpackaged and unbranded lubricants by the Federal government.
According to him, fifteen oil pipeline licenses and 20 permits to survey were issued during the period under review.