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The Government of Enugu State has sent a warning to petrol stations against engaging in metre adjustment and other sharp practices which is aimed at shortchanging consumers of petroleum products, vowing to seal facilities of defaulters.
The Commissioner for Special Duties, Emeka Ajogwu, made this disclosure yesterday during an unscheduled tour of filling stations in Enugu metropolis.
Mr Ajogwu pointed out the state government would not tolerate petroleum products marketers short-changing consumers by dispensing fuel quantities lower than what they pay for.
The commissioner expressed sadness that all the 15 petrol stations he visited did not have an accurate metering system, explaining that the visits followed complaints from residents and motorists about the sharp practices at petrol stations across the state.
He called on the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Enugu State Chapter, to call their members to order stressing the government would sanction defaulters henceforth.
‘For every 20 litres of fuel Enugu residents bought, they were short-changed to the tune of N768, N702, N682, N575, N441, N480, and N256,’ he said.
“We view this as both ungodly and pure economic sabotage.”
Mr Ajogwu said the administration of Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State remained committed to boosting productivity as well as making life better for the people of the state.