The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Monday called on the Federal Government to adopt a dual price regime for marketers.
Alhaji Debo Ahmed, the Chairman of IPMAN Western Zone, who made the call in Lagos, said that the regime required that NNPC retail outlets sell at N145, while other marketers sell at their own price.
“During a recent Senate committee meeting held with stakeholders in the oil industry, one of the suggestions from the Minster of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kwachikwu, was the introduction of dual price regime.
“If this regime can be adopted, it may be a way of solving some of our problems,’’ Ahmed said.
“The NNPC management should increase petrol allocation to IPMAN members rather than allocate excess products to NNPC retailers who have less than 25 outlets within Lagos.
“IPMAN has over 2,500 members and over 500 outlets across the South-West region, yet we are supplied only 30 per cent of petrol; this is against the 60 per cent we agreed on with the NNPC.
“The situation is so bad that many of our members who are not able to get product supply have had to shut their filling stations,’’ he said.
He also complained that although private depot owners (DAPPMA) were meant to sell the petrol at a controlled price of N133.28k, they “are selling between N160 and N162 above the regulated price.”
“DPR only descends on independent marketers by closing their stations, yet, one can only sell what one buys; we are business people, for how long do we close down our stations since we have financial obligations to the banks?
“Or has the Federal Government deregulated without the public being aware?’’
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