So, some fuel marketers have set up filling stations without obtaining the necessary permit from relevant agencies and now they risk having their stations shut.

The office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Eket, Akwa-Ibom State made the threat on Wednesday, saying that the filling stations would be shut if they do not register with DPR before August 31.

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Dr Joseph Frank-Briggs, DPR’s Operations Controller, who gave the warning at a meeting with officials of the Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN) in Eket, said that the office had also noticed that the operators of some filling stations whose licences had expired had failed to renew them.

“Any filling station that does not renew its licence by the end of August will pay the sum of 250, 000 naira before the operator is allowed to operate or be shut down.

“To prevent any embarrassment, IPMAN members should display their renewed licences in their filling stations.

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“We want to stress that it is an offence not to display your licence in your filling stations,” Frank-Briggs said.

He also frowned at the marketers who were in the habit of adjusting their fuel pump to short change customers, warning that any filling station under-dispensing petroleum products would be prosecuted.