The Department of Petroleum Resources, Bayelsa State office, says it has partnered the Presidential Task Force to tackle the problems of illegal refining and production of substandard petroleum products in the state.
The Public Relations Officer, DPR, Yenagoa Field Office, Mr Omasanjuwa Oshodi, said that the Department was poised to check the development. Oshodi, who decried the deregulation of prices of kerosene in the state, said the DPR was not responsible for the price and quantity of kerosene sold in the market, stressing that the product was subjected to market forces.
According to him, the DPR operates under the law and is only responsible for the quality, quantity and value of petroleum products in the market. Oshodi urged Bayelsa consumers of petroleum products to report immediate cases of kerosene suspected to be adulterated for immediate action.
He reiterated that gas filling stations located around residential places were illegal, saying that the organisation was poised to stop their activities. He also emphasized that disciplinary actions would be carried out by the DPR against any filling station found to be selling substandard products thereby cheating the populace.