IPMAN Blames NNPC, PPMC For Petrol Scarcity

Following the re-occurrence of fuel scarcity in some parts of the country, the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has blamed the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiary, Petroleum Pricing Marketing Company (PPMC) for the scarcity of the product.

IPMAN speaking through its National President, Chief Dr Kolawole Adewoyin said that Nigerians should blame NNPC and its subsidiary, PPMC for the scarcity of petrol in the country.

Chief Adewoyin said that the new payment method known as PPMC Customer Express has deprived many members of IPMAN the opportunity of lifting fuel as at when due.

According to him, the new payment method has affected many members of the association as only major marketers and few independent marketers with huge capital were able to pay for 200 trucks and load them while those who have paid for one of two trucks would be on queue for many months unattended to.

“Nigerians should hold NNPC and PPMC responsible for the current scarcity of petrol in the country. More than 80% of our members are unable to lift fuel owing to the new payment method that make majority of our members to wait for months to generate code that will allow them to lift fuel even after making payment. As major stakeholders in the downstream sector we ought to be given up to 60 days to load our tickets in the system both local and bridging before such payment could be made compulsory.”

“IPMAN under my leadership has made several attempts to prevent scarcity of petrol. We have released many press releases and written letters to NNPC to give our members time before implementing the new payment method but they remained adamant. It is obvious that NNPC and its subsidiary, PPMC are trying to create a problem that will plunge Nigeria into economic crisis.

We are using this medium to call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to call NNPC and its subsidiary, PPMC to order over its new payment method, PPMC Customer Express.

“As a responsible association we willontinue to do our best to prevent fuel scarcity. However, members of the public should hold NNPC and not marketers responsible for scarcity of petrol.

The National President of IPMAN however assured the members of the association that his leadership has already swung into action to find a lasting solution to the problem.

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