The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has disassociated itself from the current scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, which is ravaging the country.
IPMAN, in a statement signed by Ogun State Chairman, Mosinmi Depot, Femi Adelaja, on Sunday, attributed the current scarcity of petrol in Ogun State to the Federal Government and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation’s failure to make the products available for its members at affordable prices.
The statement read, “The leadership of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria in Ogun State has noticed with serious concerns, the scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, commonly referred to as petrol across towns and cities in Ogun State, with its attendant hike in the dispensing price above the federal government stipulated price.
“Be informed that this crisis currently being experienced by Nigerians over scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly called petrol, was not caused by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, but, rather, the Federal Government and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, that have failed to make the product available for our members at affordable prices.
“As we speak, PMS is not available in any of the NNPC’s depots across the country. The few litres being sold to members of the public by our members were secured from the management of private depots in Lagos, which would sell the product to us at exorbitant prices of between N215 and N220 per liter”.
“Prior till now, IPMAN members do get our supplies from the NNPC depots at N148.17k, but since it’s not available in these depots, the private depot owners in Lagos now sell to us at a price of N215.30k, excluding the cost of transportation and other handling and overhead costs.
“So, by the time we add other overhead costs to the price of purchase, it brings the landing cost of fuel to between N245 and N250 per liter, excluding transportation, with cost charges of N15 per liter, from Lagos to Abeokuta depending on the location to offload such.
“This implies that for us to dispense the product, which we get from a third-hand to members of the public and also meet up with the other overhead costs including running of the filling stations on generator and payment of staff, we have to sell at the price of N270 per liter which we are selling currently across Ogun State.”
Adelaja, however, advised the Federal Government to remove the subsidy on petrol and ensure a total deregulation of the sector while dedicating each of the NNPC depots for the service of the IPMAN members in each of the states, including Kwara.
Meanwhile, Oil marketers have said the claim by the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority that the NNPCL had petrol stock that would last for 34 days was untrue.
Former Chairman, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, 11 Plc, Tunji Oyebanji, on the sideline of the Institute of Change Management’s lecture and dinner in Lagos over the weekend that the products said to have been imported by the NNPCL were yet to get to the depots and retail stations.