By Yunus Yusuf
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has reiterated its commitment for steady supply of petroleum products to Nigerians in the cities and hinterlands during the yuletide.
Mr Mike Osatuyi, IPMAN’s National Operation Controller gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday.
Osatuyi said that the leadership of the association under Mr Obasi Lawson, the National President had urged members to deploy all available resources to ensure that Nigerians enjoyed a smooth yuletide season devoid of fuel scarcity.
“We have been assured of a hitch-free yuletide by our members. IPMAN members have shown readiness to support NNPC’s agenda towards product availability to Nigerians.
“It is our collective responsibility to support NNPC’s effort in ensuring that all filling stations receive and sell products during the yuletide.
“All IPMAN outlets in the states will work throughout the holiday to ensure the products are available since NNPC had assured that the products in its depots could last 40 days,’’ he said.
Osatuyi, therefore, appealed to marketers to avoid engaging in any form of malpractices that would lead to the closure of their stations by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for short changing Nigerians.
He said that IPMAN had the largest distribution facility in the country and as such was in a better position to ensure that Nigerians travelling for the Christmas season were not stranded.
“You know that IPMAN controls 80 per cent of the downstream sector.
“The national leaders of the association have also agreed to monitor members to ensure that products go to all nooks and crannies,” he said.
NAN reports that the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, on Dec. 19 assured Nigerians that the corporation will sustain the availability of petroleum products at all times.
Baru said that the corporation had over 40-day sufficiency of the products to satisfy national demand throughout the yuletide period and beyond.