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South West IPMAN Orders Members To Sell Fuel N150/Litre

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The South West chapter of the Independent Marketers Association of (IPMAN) has ordered its members in the region to sell fuel at N150 per litre as against the N143 it has been sold for.

South West IPMAN Orders Members To Sell Petrol N150/Litre
South West IPMAN Orders Members To Sell Petrol N150/LitreSouth West IPMAN Orders Members To Sell Petrol N150/Litre

IPMAN South-West Zonal chairman, Alhaji Dele Tajudeen, who spoke with journalists on Thursday, in , said the directive became necessary in order to avert the planned shutdown of the filling stations across the zone.

Tajudeen said IPMAN took the decision due to a new price regime announced by the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency.

The PPPRA had increased the depot price of the product from N133.72k to N138.62k without consulting with other critical stakeholders like IPMAN.

While berating the PPPRA for what he described as “policy inconsistency”, Tajudeen lamented that PPPRA’s new depot price has subjected IPMAN members to a serious dilemma.

He said after careful deliberations and consideration of many factors, IPMAN zonal Executive Committee arrived at the conclusion of increasing the pump price to N150 rather than joining saboteurs at creating artificial scarcity of the product.

The Downstream Subsidiary of , Petroleum Products Marketing Company had on Tuesday, in a memo signed by its Manager, Sales, Mohammed Bello, fixed ex-Depot of petrol to N138.62 per litre with effect from August 5, 2020.

Tajudeen said, “After careful deliberations and consideration of many factors, the IPMAN Zonal officers hereby declared that all its members should henceforth increase their pump price to N150 and shelve the plan of total close down of petrol stations across the South West.

“The PPPRA is inconsistent and unorganised in dealing with the stakeholders. The normal thing to have done was to involve marketers, and other parties before announcing any increment.

“Even after announcing the new ex-depot price, they should have fixed the pump price for marketers to prevent unnecessary debt.

“It is very disheartening to hear that a new price regime is coming to effect, without considering the plight of marketers who bought these products at an expensive price.”

Adelowo Adegboyega
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