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NNPC begins direct delivery to IPMAN retail outlets

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As part of efforts to bridge the huge supply gap oc­casioned by the current fuel scarcity, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commenced direct delivery of petrol to Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) retail outlets across the country.

The latest intervention by the state oil company – NNPC was disclosed by the National Operation Controller of IPMAN, Mr. Mike Osatuyi, during an inspection tour of some IPMAN re­tail outlets yesterday.

Osatuyi, while lauding the initiative of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, for bringing relief to Nigerians during the yuletide, urged him to sustain the tempo, so that products can be made available to consumers across the country.

Under the latest move, NNPC will provide petrol to registered and certi­fied members of IPMAN, deliver the products at their respective retail sta­tion, and ensure that, IPMAN moni­tors that the products are sold at the approved price of N87 per liter.

The current arrangement according to him, has saved IPMAN members the hassles of going to depot to queue for products because NNPC has al­ready taken off the burden of sourcing for products and transporting to the retail stations.

And to further ease the scarcity ten­sion, Osatuyi said the management of NNPC under the current direct deliv­ery arrangement has approved a credit scheme, where IPMAN members are given credit lifeline to make pay­ments for products supplied to their retail station three weeks after deliv­ery.

The IPMAN operation controller maintained that, under no circum­stance will any IPMAN member sell above the approved price because a monitoring team has been set to move round the outlets in order to ensure compliance and avoid diversion.

‘‘I can confirm to you that, massive loading is going on at all depots. As at today (yesterday), Capital oil has been able to load about 300 trucks, ditto for NIPCO, Folawiyo and oth­ers are doing the same. With this level of product truck out, the country will soon be wet with petroleum prod­ucts,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the IPMAN boss has called on the Federal Government to deregulate the downstream sector, saying there was no better time than now to do so.

He lamented that the country can­not afford to continue witnessing this hardship year in year out, admitting that, this remained an embarrassing situation for the country.

He called on government to be courageous and remove subsidy on petrol.

Source: The Sun News 

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