The Department of Petroleum Resources, Niger State Chapter has accused petroleum marketers in the state of hoarding petrol products to create scarcity.
The State Controller of DPR, Abdullahi Isah Jankara, said this while addressing journalists in Minna, Niger State on Wednesday.
He decried the low monitoring of retailing activities as occasioned by the increased insecurity in the state.
Jankara explained that in recent times, there have been challenges of marketers selling in large quantities into jerry-cans that are being taken to unknown destinations.
He said, “Delivery is another problem in terms of efficacy of the pump because we discovered that some of them under-dispense to customers.
“And when we go on surveillance, marketers tend to get information before our arrival and adjust to the normal pump but when we disguise to the place, we usually catch them.”
Speaking further, Jankara noted the effort of the Nigerian government to provide an alternative to kerosene, charcoal, firewood and petroleum to save the environment from the danger of pollution.
“Nigeria has Liquified Petroleum Gas that can serve every household and save us from the danger of using kerosene, chacaol and firewood to cook.
“So also is the compressed natural gas that motor can use instead of petroleum,” he said.
Speaking on the increase in the price of cooking gas in recent time, he said LPG has been deregulated and that there was nothing the government could do about it since it is not subsidized.