The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it would begin to demolish over 150 illegal petrol stations scattered across Akwa Ibom State soon

Controller of Operations of the organisation, Mr Asuquo Antai, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Eket that the stations, which were built on unsuitable sites, had no license to operate.

He said that although some of the station owners had commenced the regularization of their documents, the development was unhealthy

“We are ready to work with the state government to ensure that all the stations are demolished.

“Some of them had started running to DPR for regularization of their documents.

“I have told them categorically that we will not rush to regularize any papers until they get the appropriate government approval,’’ Antai said.

The DPR boss advised the marketers to always get appropriate guidelines before going into the business.

He said the various fire incidents that occurred in some parts of the country and outside the country were through illegal location of petrol stations.

He commended the Akwa Ibom Government’s effort to demolish stations without town planning authority permission to build in residential areas.

“The lives and property of the citizens of the state must be protected. DPR supports the present government in its effort to checkmate unauthorized petrol stations in the state

“We cannot allow the building of illegal stations to go unchecked because they will expose the people to serious danger in the nearest future,’’ Antai said.

It would be recalled that a filling station said to be owned by one of the former governor’s brothers, Prince Akpabio, was demolished last weekend. The filling station is said to have been built on a major drainage along Nwaniba Road, Uyo , against the order of the Uyo Capital City Development Authority (UCCDA)

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