Chineme Okafor in Abuja
Following the reaffirmation on Wednesday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, that the scarcity of petrol in Nigeria will seize by next month, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) have said that they will embark on comprehensive monitoring of the distribution and sale of petrol at service stations across the country.
Both DPR and IPMAN said in separate statements that they sent to THISDAY yesterday in Abuja that they would intensify their monitoring to curtail instances of product hoarding and sales racketeering among marketers.
The DPR statement was signed by its Director, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, while that of IPMAN was signed by its interim management Secretary, Lawson Ngoa.
“Every effort is being made to ensure that petroleum products supply and distribution situation in the country is normalised.
“Marketers must ensure that petroleum products get across to Nigerians timely and at the regulated prices,” said Ladan.
He further stated: “Government is making petroleum products sufficiently available, therefore, DPR urges all operators of petroleum product depots, filling stations as well as tanker drivers and other stakeholders to desist from unwholesome activities of hoarding, diversion, adulteration and pump manipulation in order to avoid untoward hardship to motorists and the general public.”
According to him, the security agencies will work with the DPR to arrest and prosecute any errant marketer involved in sabotaging government commitment at making petroleum products readily available to Nigerians.
The IPMAN also said its reconciliation committee has in carrying out its task scheduled to visit all petrol depots operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other private depots in the country as part of its monitoring to ensure that product distribution and supply are in order.
The statement by Ngoa said: “The committee has vowed to checkmate unwholesome practices by persons who are into hoarding or diverting products to neighbouring African countries thereby exacerbating the scarcity in Nigeria.”
They further stated their commitment to assist government in making petroleum products available and thus called on all marketers and stakeholders in the sector to commit to the same.
IPMAN also called on all its members marketers that have pending tickets to send their names and depots to its reconciliation committee in their respective zones.