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Fuel price hike: NMDPRA shuts 425 petrol stations in Lagos in 10 months

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In the past 10 months, no fewer than 425 petrol stations were shut down across 20 Local Government Areas, LGAs, in Lagos State by the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA.

This is coming on the heels of an assurance to motorists and other fuel users that there is enough fuel in stock and should not engage in panic buying.

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Reports revealed that the stations were shut down from various infractions ranging from dispensing of less quantity to consumers, safety breaches and operating without valid licences.

The Zonal Operations Controller, NMDPRA, Lagos, Ayorinde Cardoso, while speaking with journalists stated that 407.13 million litres of PMS are currently available at various depots in Lagos.

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Cardoso said, “The purpose of the surveillance was to assure the public of a sufficient supply of petrol and ensure that filling stations were not short-changing consumers and operating in compliance with the prerequisite safety standards of the authority.

“We have been getting information that there is scarcity in some parts of the federation but for Lagos, we have sufficient product.

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“As of this morning, we have about 407.13 million litres of PMS. So there is no need for any panic buying by members of the public.”

Cardoso said apart from product availability, the surveillance exercise was to ensure that there was no under-dispensing of petroleum products by pump stations.

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