Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Mosinmi depot, has engaged the service of the Department of State Services, DSS, to arrest petroleum marketers hoarding the Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly called petrol.
Chairman of the depot, Adeleke Bada while speaking to journalists yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, revealed that some marketers had been arrested and would have to pay the penalty.
Bada, however, said that the government would have to play its part on marketers who are not members of IPMAN in order to comply with the pump price of the product.
The chairman, who explained that he could not blame marketers for selling the product in excess of the approved price, explained that marketers go through the rigours of loading from Lagos due to vandalism in Arepo.
He said, “There is only one solution that I know; the solution is the pipeline in Arepo; once that is fixed, everything will be fine. You can imagine going to Lagos to fetch your product all the way back to Abeokuta; it is not that easy transport wise. We are imploring the government to help us fix the Arepo and pipeline.
“I have gone around and know what is going on. When they get to Lagos, they buy from private depots and private depots sell at the rate of N85 and before you bring it down here with about N4 per litre, that is about N90, they have to make their own profits and there are other union fees they have to pay but because they are good citizens, they don’t want people to suffer, half bread is better than none.”
Public relations officer of the association, Adekunbi Fatai has said that the scarcity might persist for the next two weeks when the Arepo pipeline is fixed by the government.
Adekunbi explained that the management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, had made the products available in Lagos depots but that the marketers still face problems of loading due to gridlock in Osodi/Apapa express road in Lagos.
He said, “Fuel crisis in Ogun State can still be on between now and the next two weeks, because what we heard from the government and from NNPC itself is it will be over; it is because of this vandalisation problem which has affected all system 2B, they cannot pump to Mosinmi; Mosinmi cannot pump to Ejigbo, Mosinmi cannot pump to Ibadan as well as Ilorin; those are the depots that makes up system 2B because of the vandalisation.
Meanwhile, the association has started selling kerosene in Abeokuta at the rate of N50.
IPMAN chairman who also spoke about the development told journalists that the gesture was in fulfilment of his promise to make the product available to the masses at a much lower rate.

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