Fuel scarcity: IPMAN constitutes taskforce committee, allays fears against petrol price hike
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has constituted a task force committee to check the acute petroleum scarcity in the country.
However, IPMAN confirmed that the resurface of queues at many filling stations was not peculiar to Kano, but rather a nationwide crisis that had forced many stations to shut down sales, causing panic among people in the country.
In a statement issued to journalists on Monday, the Chairman of IPMAN, Kano zone, Bashir Ahmad Dan-Mallam, said the committee, in collaboration with Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), will ensure smooth dispense of products and prevent hoarding of the commodity.
According to Dan-Mallam, any marketer found culpable of hoarding the product would be dealt with, emphasising that IPMAN would not allow some unscrupulous elements within its fold to inflict hardship on innocent Nigerians.
He disclosed that 210 tankers of petroleum have been loaded with the product for distribution nationwide on Monday.
The chairman, therefore, called on the citizens not to panic as the product being supplied would be more than enough for their consumption.
He assured the people that the problem would not last long as IPMAN, in collaboration with NNPC, is on top of the situation to ensure the availability of the product.
“I urge people not to panic. That panicking is what causes long queues at filling stations because people have the impression that the petroleum would be scared, that is why you see somebody with five cars and jerrycans come to filling station to buy fuel. This is what causes congestion.
“Let me call on Nigerians to rest assured that IPMAN, in collaboration with NNPC and other stakeholders is on top of the situation and be rest assured that this problem will not last long,” he said in the statement.
However, Dan-Mallam assured Nigerians that there is no plan to increase the price of fuel in the country.
According to him, IPMAN had contacted all stakeholders in the petroleum sector and assured them that there is no plan to increase the price of fuel at the moment.