Ondo State Government has again said it would not allow any petrol marketer; either major, minor independent or embodied to keep products above 500 litres in his fuel dump.
Speaking to Government House Reporters in Akure, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale said any marketer who keeps more than the officially approved 500 litres as reserve, sell above official pump price or engage in product diversion would be arrested, prosecuted and have the Certificate of Occupancy of the filling station revoked.
He described situations whereby marketers would lift petrol in Ogun State, a neighbouring state, at the rate of #133 per litre only to be selling same between #200 and #250 per litre in Ondo State, saying such would no longer be tolerated by the State Government.
“We have our records. We were shown the wage bill by the NNPC officials when we visited Mosimi for clarifications on how many trucks were dispatched to Ondo State and at what rate per litter.
“Nobody, however highly placed will be allowed to exploit our people and inflict pains on them.
“The State Government will not accept anyone, under any guise, to sell the product above the officially approved #145 per litre.
“Some of them have been arrested and will be charged to court for prosecution as soon as possible.
“If government is making frantic efforts to protect the interest of the generality of the people, we will not allow anyone to take advantage of a very regrettable situation in the country to exploit our people”, he said.
He wondered why marketers in the state are hell bent on selling at prices above the official price, even when their counterparts in the neighbouring states are selling at the official #145 per litre.