IPMAN wants petroleum products loading decentralised from Lagos

... Agony unlimited     PHOTO; CHARLES OKOLO

… Agony unlimited PHOTO; CHARLES OKOLO

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), on Sunday, urged the Federal Government to decentralise loading of petroleum products to make for effective loading at depots across the country.

Chief Lawson Obasi, National President, IPMAN, told newsmen in Port Harcourt that spreading of petroleum products to other coastal depots across the country would end current scarcity.

He said that a situation where government only distributed petroleum products to tank farms in Lagos was partly responsible for current scarcity and high cost of product.

“The current government approach, where marketers across the country are expected to load petroleum products from only depots in Lagos state, is counter-productive.

“To solve current scarcity of fuel; government must decongest Lagos by sending petroleum products to coastal depots in Port Harcourt, Calabar and Warri.

“By decentralising supply and distribution from Lagos to other depots; it would become easier for IPMAN members to lift products and distribute to filling stations,” he said.

Obasi said that the current policy by government should be revised to enable marketers have unlimited access to petroleum products for distribution to final consumers.

He denied that marketers had hoarded products to deepen current scarcity to make more profit from sales.

According to him, the Pipelines Products Marketing Company (PPMC) should, as a matter of urgency, commence distribution of products to other depots in the South-South to end current fuel scarcity.

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  • esio

    Yorubas will never accept. The decentralization of Commercial activities from Lagos should be high on the present governments programme to assure the smooth running of commerce and remove congestion in Lagos.

    It is not about grab! grab! Let Ogun State, Ondo, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River used for effective logistics & distribution.

    Dry Ports in Calabar and Onitsha remain un patronized.

  • ed

    The focus should be on local refinaries fools.
    The insanity of importations of petroleum has to end. Lagos and other ports can do without petroleum imports. Nigeria is the only major OPEC members that can’t refine oil for her own consumption.
    Nigerian are always thinking backward.
    We can start exporting petroleum instead of importing it. Refinaries is not rocket science for God Sake.
    Lagos congestion is not the issue. Corruption and incompetence government is the problem.