June 21, 2024

IPMAN says petrol queues in South-West will disappear in few days, as Borno state chapter suspends shutdown

Oredola Adeola


The South-West zone of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has promised that fuel queues across the zone will disappear within a few days, adding that Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol will be available to consumers at the government-regulated price.

Mr Dele Tajudeen, Zonal Chairman, IPMAN Western Zone, gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja when he led other top executive members of the association to the headquarter of the Nigerian Midstream Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA).

Tajudeen assured Engr. Farouk Ahmed, Authority Chief Executive (ACE), that IPMAN has no intention of embarking on any strike action but will continue to ensure product availability in the region.

The Engr. Farouk Ahmed in his remark revealed that the IPMAN is a critical stakeholder in the energy sector. He also assured the IPMAN Southwest Zone of the Authority’s support in their business of distributing petroleum products to all nooks and crannies in the zone.

Meanwhile, the Borno chapter of IPMAN has also directed all filling stations in the state to resume operations, following the intervention of the Department of State Service (DSS) on Tuesday.

This was confirmed by Alh. Mohammed Kuluwu, Borno state IPMAN Chairman, in a chat with EnergyDay on Tuesday. He confirmed the suspension of the shutdown.

He confirmed that his members used to pick the product from the Lagos depot at N310 per litre. He added that following the intervention of the government, his members have been assured of getting the product at N190 per litre from Lagos depots.  He also confirmed that the product is not available in Gombe and Yola depots.

EnergyDay gathered that IPMAN South-West and the Borno State Chapter of IPMAN had in different statements called on their members to suspend all operations, insisting that they cannot cope with the government’s directive to sell petrol at N195 per litre.

Mohammed Kuluwu, IPMAN chairman, had earlier in a statement asked marketers in the state to suspend the payment for petrol at the depots until further notice. He noted that the action was taken against the backdrop of the plan by the government to impose a regulated petrol price on all marketers which he described as unfriendly to his members.