The Department of Petroleum Resources in Adamawa State on Wednesday said it would limit the supply of petroleum products to border areas to control the illegal exportation of products.
Mr Ibrahim Chiroma, the Controller of Field Operations of DPR in Adamawa, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola.
Chiroma said that smuggling of petroleum products outside the country was a major challenge to the adequate distribution of the products in the area.
The controller, who recently assumed duty in the state, said that the issue of under dispensing of petrol by marketers would also be stopped.
According to him, measures will be stepped up to ensure petrol is sold at the recommended pump price.
Chiroma said that no defaulter would elude stringent sanctions for both diversions of products and under-dispensing of products.
He said that the department would collaborate with security agencies and other critical stakeholders to avert supply shortage of petrol during and after the coming Christmas.
“I am just taking over the office and yet to get familiar with the operations here, so I cannot comment on strategies that will be deployed to tackle those challenges.
“What is common in areas like this is diversion and illegal exportation of products to neighbouring countries.
“The best solution to such a challenge is to limit the supply of petroleum products to border areas.
“By doing so, it will control the supply and distribution of the products towards sufficient domestic consumption.
“Our laws are unambiguous and I will not hesitate to sanction erring marketers, especially for diversion and under-dispensing at the pump.
“I am also advising black marketers not to even attempt to venture into the business as we are ready to carry out enforcement to the letter,’ Chiroma said.
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