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Fuel Scarcity Angry marketers shut down fuel supply to Kaduna

He insisted that the government cannot force the marketers to sell at government approved pump price.

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has said it has stopped supply of petroleum products to Kaduna state after being accused by the state government of hoarding.

It said the government wants its members to sell the product at government control price, noting it would be at a loss for the marketers who buy petrol at exorbitant prices.

“It is irrational for anyone to expect our members to go to independent marketers in Lagos and other places and source for products at exorbitant prices and then sell at government control prices,” the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of IPMAN, Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, told newsmen in Kaduna

He explained that apart from the high rate at which members purchase the product, transporting it to Kaduna is another expenses. He insisted that the government cannot force them to sell at government approved pump price.

“We (IPMAN) have already directed our members that from today they should not to go and buy fuel from any private depot and then come and sell in Kaduna State, as they will be doing so at a loss because they will either be compelled to sell at government price or made to lose the product to the public free of charge.

“Ironically, we are helping the government to boost fuel supply because the government does not have enough fuel to supply since the refineries are not working.

“Our members have been urged to comply with this directive until we sit down with the state government and DPR to sort out the problem. We want to assist the government and people of Kaduna State that is why our members go all out with our money to go and get this product anywhere and come to sell in Kaduna.

“But rather than getting thanks, what we get in return is the sealing off of our stations and distributing our fuel free to the public without attempt to even find out why we are selling at high prices. So, we are halting our fuel supply to Kaduna State for now. Whenever government has fuel, they should come and sell for us in our station, we will buy from them,” Suleiman said.

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The PRO also called on the Kaduna State government, DPR, NSCDC to meet with IPMAN members and agree to a mutually accepted price that will be fair to all sides.

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