JUST IN: Nigerian petrol marketers make U-turn, ask members to resume operations

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Borno state chapter has asked members to immediately reopen all outlets across the state.

The association said this in a statement issued by its chairman, Mohammed Kuluwu, on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

The state chapter of IPMAN had earlier ordered its members to suspend payments for petroleum products and other operations until further notice.

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The association said the decision followed the loss being recorded by its members who are being compelled by the government and its agencies to sell petroleum products at certain prices.

“You are all hereby directed to suspend selling at all filling stations and also suspend payment of ordering products from source until further notice,” the statement said.

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But in another statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, the association directed its members in the state to resume operations.

“Having met with the concerned authority, all filling stations should open with immediate effect and continue selling while the association continues with further consultation and accordingly keeps you informed,” the statement said.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon, the spokesperson of the association in the state, Abdulkadir Mustapha, confirmed the new directive.

“Yes, the suspension notice is genuine but we have already resolved the issue and directed all our members to reopen their stations,” he said.

Earlier on Monday, IPMAN had appealed to the Nigerian government for more time to sell petroleum products at the official price of N195 per litre.

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Joseph Akanni, Vice Chairman of IPMAN, Western Zone, said regulatory agencies enforced the pump price of petrol at N195 per litre at all filling stations across the country.

“We have already instructed our members not to buy high-priced petroleum products. We will only be buying products from NNPC,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan, Oyo State.

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