Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, in Minna, Niger state capital has accused the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, of compelling its members to shutdown their shops over high price of fuel
The Minna branch chairman of IPMAN, Alhaji Adamu Erena, who disclosed this to Journalists in Minna on Wednesday, said the measure would increase the hardship of consumers in need of fuel.
Erena said that people are now faced with long motor queues at major filling stations in Minna that are currently selling the product while others were closed down for selling at more than stipulated price.
It should be recalled that recent closure of some IPMAN filling stations by the DPR for selling fuel at N95 and N110 made the association to direct its members to shutdown their filling stations.
Erena said that members of the association buy petroleum products from private depots in Lagos at non regulated prices of N87 and N95 per litre.
He argued that you cannot buy products at a higher rate and sell at lower rate as it would amount to a loss.
“There is no way our members will buy fuel at N87 and N95 per litre and you expect them not to make gain out of it after they transported the product from Lagos to Minna.”
The IPMAN chairman explained that Minna branch of the association had written a letter to the DPR over the sale of PMS to members at non regulated prices but nothing has changed.
He alleged that the DPR was collaborating with the private depots owners to increase the price of PMS.
“At the depots they force you to fill a coupon that you bought the fuel at regulated price of N77.66 before they load your tanker.
“If you don’t agree to fill the coupon in that way they will not load your tanker”.
He urged the DPR to monitor the activities of the private depots in the country toward making fuel available and affordable.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Abdullahi Jankara, DPR Controller in the state explained that Minna office of the DPR has not received such letter or any directive from the Headquarters to that effect.
Jankara said that the independent marketers are expected to purchase PMS at government regulated price of N77.66 per litre at the depots and sell at N87 to motorists.
He alleged that members of the association have not adhered to the rules and regulations regarding filling their coupons while purchasing products.
The Controller of DPR cautioned the marketers against shutting their filling stations and hoarding of products as it attracts penalty ranging from sealing of the station to payment of fine and revocation of license.

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