The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has warned marketers to be careful with some individuals who are in the habit of using their registered filling stations in acquiring allocations from the Nigeria National Petroleum Company limited (NNPCL) illegally.
The IPMAN Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Dan Malam gave the warning in a statement issued to newsmen on Thursday.
He said the warning was necessary following persistent complain from the NNPCL management that some individuals who have no business with petroleum products are in the habit of collecting fuel allocations from the company illegally by presenting name of some registered filling stations.
Danmalam said the decision to issue the warning was taken during a meeting between management of the NNPCL and leadership of IPMAN.
He said both the management of NNPCL and the union found it necessary to issue the warning in order to let the marketers know what was going on with a view to taking necessary steps to stop the ugly trend.
According to him, the company has threatened to revoke the bulk purchase license of any marketer found allowing such individuals to use his registered filling station in order to get allocation and later resell the products to others.
The IPMAN chairman, therefore, warned those who engaged in the illegal act to desist from doing so as anyone caught will be reported to security agents for appropriate action.
He noted that the management of the NNPCL and IPMAN leadership will not fold their arms and allow such illegal act to continue in the detriment of the genuine fuel marketers in the country.
He further warned Private depot owners against selling the products above the government approved price saying marketers will not continue to patronise private depots that sell above the approved price.
The IPMAN Chairman also warned marketers against selling the product above the approved pump price as anyone found will be sanctioned.
He said there was a need for both private depot owners and marketers to sell the product at the controlled price because they don’t pay extra money to the NNPCL before getting the allocation.
Dan-Malam used the opportunity to commend the management of the NNPCL under the leadership of Mele Kyari for ensuring adequate supply of the products