The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has expressed it’s unhappiness at some petroleum product retail outlets that are not accepting payment from customers by Point of Sale (POS) machines.
The regulator said in a statement that outlets must accept POS to ease the cash crunch brought about by the naira redesign.
“The authority frowns at this recent behaviour which is causing untold hardship for Nigerians at a time when all hands should be on deck to assist the government in the transition to the new naira.
“All retail outlets are directed to ensure the free use of PoS and bank transfer for the sale of petroleum products to alleviate the suffering of customers at this critical time,” it directed.
NMDPRA also said it will work with security agencies to be stationed at retail outlets to ensure topmost compliance with this directive and any filling station found violating this directive will be duly sanctioned.
“We reassure the general public of our commitment to ensuring good quality service in the sale and distribution of petroleum products nationwide,” the regulator concluded.