No fewer than 44 filling stations in Akwa Ibom state have been sealed by the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, for failing to renew their licences.

The Operations Controller of DPR in Akwa Ibom, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, told newsmen in Eket, Akwa Ibom, on Monday that the licenses of the petroleum marketers expired two years ago, but they did not deem it fit to renew them.

He said the filling stations were sealed when the DPR carried out routine inspection of filling stations in Uyo and its environs two weeks ago.

“The department has sealed 44 filling stations for refusing to renew their licences in the state.

“If marketers do not renew their licences, it means that they are doing illegal business in the state within the period their licenses had expired.

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“Because there is no licence or approval that covers the marketer, whatever business he or she was doing at that period, they are liable under the Law,” Kingsley-Sundaye said.

He noted that some of the offenders had started submitting applications to renew their licences, and that some of the applications had been processed and sent to head office for issuance of licence.

He also warned that filling stations that failed to renew the DPR’s licence would pay a fine of 250, 000 naira and still pay their regular fees to the Federal Government.

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