The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has constituted a taskforce committee on the acute petroleum scarcity in the country.
This is following the resurfacing of queues at many filling stations across the country and the closure of some, thereby causing panic.
The Chairman of IPMAN, Kano zone, Bashir Ahmad Dan-Mallam, in a statement issued to journalists on Monday, said the association has formed a committee in collaboration with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to check hoarding of the commodity at filling stations.
According to Dan-Mallam, any marketer found culpable of hoarding the product would be dealt with, emphasizing that IPMAN would not allow some unscrupulous elements within its fold to inflict hardship on innocent Nigerians.
He disclosed that 210 tankers of petroleum have been loaded with the product for distribution nationwide today.
The Chairman, therefore, urged Nigerians not to panic as the product being supplied would be more than enough for their consumption.
He assured that the problem would not last long as IPMAN, in collaboration with NNPC, is on top of the situation to ensure the availability of the product.
“I urge people not to panic.
That panicking is what causes long queues at filling stations because people have the impression that the petroleum would be scarce.
“That is why you see somebody with five cars and jerrycans come to the filling station to buy fuel.
This is what causes congestion.
“Let me call on Nigerians to be rest assured that IPMAN, in collaboration with NNPC and other stakeholders are on top of the situation and be rest assured that this problem will not last long,” he said in the statement.
However, Dan-Mallam assured Nigerians that there is no plan to increase the price of fuel in the country:
“IPMAN has contacted all stakeholders in the petroleum sector and they assured that there is no plan to increase the price of fuel at the moment.
Fuel Scarcity: IPMAN constitutes taskforce against petrol price hike