IPMAN protests shutting of members’ filling stations
The Lagos State chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN) yesterday protested the harassment and sealing off of its members’ filling stations over alleged hoarding and inflation of fuel prices in the country.
In a press statement in Lagos yesterday, the chairman of the IPMAN, Satellite Depot, Ejigbo, Lagos, Alhaji Alanamu Ayo Balogun, said the action of the DPR is uncalled for, irrational and unjustified.
Alhaji Balogun chided the DPR for harassing and accusing the IPMAN’s fuel stations and directing its action against innocent marketers when it knew that the depot owners were the culprits allegedly hoarding and inflation fuel prices. He said the Depot owners should be blamed for selling fuel to IPMAN at the rate of N117 per litre to IPMAN members.
He asked: “If the filling stations get the fuel at N117 per liter, is it possible to sell to the public at N87 per litre. They have to add their running costs before selling to the public?
Alhaji Balogun said the DPR should confront the Depot Owners instead of giving his members a bad name. Alhaji Balogun who claimed that IPMAN controls 85 percent of all the filling stations in the country questioned the rationale behind the fuel subsidy. He explained that at all times, IPMAN bought fuel above the government-controlled price from Depot Owners.
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