IPMAN refutes strike rumour, says members can’t sell fuel for ₦180 per litre
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) said its members can no longer sell premium motor spirit (PMS) at ₦180 per litre.
IPMAN said their decision was due to a “hostile” business environment which made some stations shut down.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, Akin Akinrinade, chairman, Lagos satellite depot, said selling at the regulated price is not convenient for their members.
“Our members can no longer sell at N165. In fact, there is no reasonable businessman in this business that can sell below N180 per litre,” Akinrinade said.
Last week, the southwest zone of IPMAN threatened to direct its members to sell petrol at N180 per litre.
Long queues for petrol resurfaced in Lagos on Monday days after scarcity surfaced in Ibadan, Oyo state and other parts of the country.
The scarcity fuelled rumours that retailers were on strike to impose a new sales price for fuel.
Akinrinade, however, refuted the claims, saying “we are not on strike rather the business environment has been very hostile to us such that we can no longer do business under this condition.
“For you to load a litre of petrol, you will pay N162 per litre. You will have to add the cost of transportation which is between N6 to N8, depending on the distance within Lagos. If it is outside Lagos, it is much more than that.
“So, If you add N8 to N162, you already have N170 and this product is regulated by the government and the government wants us to sell at N165. We have not added the charges at the depots and the running cost at our stations.”
Akinrinade explained that the cost of diesel amid the country’s epileptic electricity supply situation also affected its members’ running costs.
“You know what diesel says now, and you know how epileptic power supply is, we run on generators using diesel at N800 per litre,” Akinrinade said.
“There is no station in Lagos or anywhere that uses less than 50 litres per day.”