IPMAN Says No Plans For Nationwide Shutdown Of Outlets
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) says there are no plans or directive to members to shutdown operations in their various outlets.
Alhj. Sanusi Fari who said this in a Statement on monday urged petroleum dealers to disregard the rumoured shutdown and go about their normal businesses.
The Statement which was made available to newsmen in Awka by Mr Chidi Nnubia, National Secretary of IPMAN said members of the public should not engage in panic buying of products.
“We wish to inform the general public that our members have no plans to shut down any petrol station in the country as there is no reason to take such action.
“Our members are directed to disregard a publication by some persons whose stock in trade is to sabotage the efforts of the Federal Government and PPMC to provide uninterrupted supply of petroleum products nationwide .
“We ask the general public to ignore any information emanating from any unscrupulous individuals attempting to hijack the association for their selfish and profiteering adventure.
“Those individuals lack the capacity to call off our services as they are illegally parading themselves as officers of the association in total disregard and disobedience of the Supreme Court judgment of 14th Dec. 2018.
“We enjoin the public to go about their normal activities as we continue to support the Federal government through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and NNPC to ensure availability of Products across the country,” Fari Stated.
The IPMAN president condemned the attempts of some group within the association to blackmail the government by calling out marketers for nationwide protest.
Fari said IPMAN was working harmoniously with sister organisations including NUPENG, National of Road Transport Owners and Petroleum Tanker Drivers to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products nationwide.
According to him, any aggrieved member not satisfied with court order should go back to the court but not to resort to an empty threat that may bring panic buying to unsuspecting public.