The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Eket Field Office, Akwa Ibom State said yesterday that it sealed 36 petrol stations in the state for various offences last week.
The Operations Controller of DPR in the state, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Eket.
Kingsley-Sundaye said that the petrol stations were sealed for selling fuel above the government approved pump price of N145 per litre, violating DPR seal order and operating illegal petrol stations.
He said the petrol stations were sealed in Eket, Abak, Uyo, Etinan, Ikot Abasi, Mkpat Enin, and Ukanafun Local Government areas of the state.
“We sealed some petrol stations for selling fuel between N180 and 190 per litre. What pained me most was that some stations were also selling fuel with DPR seals placed on them.
“Others did not have DPR documentations or licences and were operating illegally in the state,” Kingsley-Sundaye said.
The operations controller said severe punishment would be meted out to the marketers who violated DPR seal order, adding that such offenders would be taken to court.
“Violation of DPR seal order attracts a penalty of N1million,” he said.
He said also that those that operated illegal filling stations would be handed over to the law enforcement agency for prosecution.
Kingsley-Sundaye said that the department had begun intensive surveillance to check sharp practices by some petroleum marketers in the state.
He appealed to the public to volunteer useful information to enable the department to ensure the full implementation of Federal Government’s pricing policy.
The operations controller advised petroleum marketers in the state not to engage in any act of illegality in the downstream sector.
“We will ensure that petroleum products given to marketers are sold to the public at the government regulated prices,” he said.
Troops Deployed To Quell Akwa Ibom Communal Clash
Troops have been deployed to quell the ongoing violence in Eket, Esit Eket and Ibeno local government areas of Akwa Ibom State.
The actors are laying claim to a piece of land – Stubb Creek Forest, already acquired by the state government for the proposed refinery project by BUA Company Ltd.
The Tide source gathered that Eket and Esit Eket, claiming ownership of the land and other disputed areas of Ibeno, instituted a lawsuit, but suddenly embarked on violent protest, barricading the major Eket-Ibeno Road, leading to the ExxonMobil’s Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT) at Mkpanak community.
Justifying the protest, the President-General (PG) of the apex socio-cultural group, Eket Peoples Union (EPU), Dr Samuel Udonsak, said the action became necessary in order to draw government attention to the issues in dispute as Ibeno continues to lay claim to the land, and other areas allegedly belonging to Eket in the neighbouring Ibeno LGA.
He accused the state government of complicity and alleged that in seizing the disputed Stubb Creek forest for Bua refinery project without consulting the stakeholders, elders and leaders of Eket, with a view to arriving at amicable resolution of the issues in dispute, lasting peace would continue to be a mirage.
But Governor Umo Eno has warned the feuding LGAs to adhere to the peace path as the issue is still pending in court, adding that the government would not join the issue until all parties resolve to sheathe their swords as no negotiation works in a crisis situation.
The governor, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Iniobong Ememobong, enjoined security agencies to work collaboratively with the new Ministry of Internal Security and Waterways led by the Commissioner, Gen Koko Essien (rtd), to restore peace.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Odiko MacDon, said calm has returned to the troubled areas, as troops have been drafted to work with the regular police, mobile police and other security operatives drawn from the Ministry of Internal Security and Waterways.
He said, “The commissioner of police (CP), Waheed Ayilara, has visited the scene and working jointly with troops and other security agencies including the Ministry of Internal Security and Waterways, to restore normalcy and cleared the barricade on the road. The police have assisted in clearing the injured to the hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.”
“He (CP) has engaged leaders and stakeholders in dialogue for peace,” he said and underscored the importance of security as everyone’s business and indulged government, religious, traditional rulers and youths to be in the vanguard of lasting peace in the affected areas.
Delta Moves To Revitalise State-Owned Broadcast Media
Delta State Government has inaugurated a committee to work out ways of revitalising state-owned Broadcasting Station.
Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, the state’s Commissioner for Information, unveiled this development during a meeting with the Chairman and members of the Board of Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri, held at his office in Asaba.
Dr. Osuoza underscored the comprehensive nature of the committee’s mandate, emphasizing its task to meticulously assess the challenges confronting both Delta Broadcasting Service in Asaba and Warri. He stressed the necessity of devising pragmatic strategies to elevate their prominence within the state’s information dissemination framework and to foster healthy competition with other broadcasting entities.
In an earlier address, Chief Moses Odibo, Chairman of the Board of Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri, congratulated Dr. Osuoza on his appointment. He highlighted Osuoza’s previous tenure as Chairman of the Board of DBS, Warri, expressing confidence in his ability to grasp the challenges and effectively tackle them in his current role as Commissioner
AKSG Restates Commitment To Development Of State
The Akwa Ibom State Government says it would not relent its effort in ensuring an even development of the state by ensuring that youths contribute meaningfully to the development of the State.
The Governor of the State, Pastor Umo Eno stated this at the 2Africa Sub-marine Cable Landing – a high speed broadband infrastructure by Main One Equinix Company, at Qua Iboe Beach, behind ExxonMobil Qua Iboe Terminal, Ibeno.
Eno, who celebrated the coming of the proposed project in the state, said government will provide the right of way, as the cable makes its way through Akwa Ibom to the South South and South East.
Eno said the ICT sector was of special interest to the state, as technology was critical to the attainment of the core pillars of the ARISE Agenda which, he noted, is the economic blueprint of his administration.
The governor said government was poised to deploy ICT to all the pillars, ranging from agriculture to rural development, infrastructure and security, adding that government was building a very robust security architecture in the state that would be launched soon to track all kidnappers and criminals wherever they may be.
Eno, who noted the importance of the projects for Akwa Ibom youths, said the event marked a expansion of the cable landing to a coastal state in Nigeria, outside Lagos, and that the project is not a mean feat.
The state chief executive officer, while celebrating the great effort that engraved Akwa Ibom on the map of ICT innovation and economic and technological benefit, was optimistic that Akwa Ibom youths would be ready to go to work, as they can earn money from their living rooms. The general counsel and regional business head, MainOneEquinix Company, Abayomi Adebanjo, said the deployment of the state of-the-art infrastructure paves the way for the advancement of critical sectors of the economic through the proliferation of 4G, 5G and fixed broadband accessibility. Abayomi said by providing robust connectivity and technological advancements, the ICT company empowers businesses, educational institutions, healthcare facilities and countless other sectors to not only thrive in the digital age but also achieve their potentials.
He said the establishment of the submarine cable ensures cable diversity and resilience for Nigeria, aligning perfectly with the key success parameters outlined in the National Broadband Plan, even as the strategic initiative enhances the nations digital infrastructure resilience, safeguarding against potential disruptions and ensuring uninterrupted connectivity for all Nigerian citizens.
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