PMS scarcity: Sell at N145 or lose your petrol, DPR warns marketers in Anambra

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned marketers within its Enugu Zone to comply with N145 pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or have their products dispensed to customers free.
Health, Safety and Environment Department in DPR Enugu Office, Unyime Akpan, gave the warning in Awka when he led an enforcement team to Anambra on Tuesday.
Akpan said the team sealed one filing station for allegedly refusing to revert and enforced the pump price sale of the product in nine other stations on Atani road in Ogbaru and some parts of Idemili North Local Government Areas.
He expressed regret that some marketers had remained defiant, in spite of DPR’s efforts to ensure compliance, noting that the DPR might apply more stringent punishment by dispensing products of defaulting marketers to customers for free.
In a reaction, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) absolved its members of any complicity in the hike of petrol price and blamed it on scarcity.
Chairman of IPMAN, Enugu Depot, Ikechukwu Nwankwo, in charge of Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states, urged DPR to stop the clampdown the members as sealing outlets and auctioning the products would not solve the problem.
Nwankwo decried the petrol supply situation in the country and called for a more sustainable measure to normalise it.
He said DPR’s action on IPMAN members, especially those under his zone, amounted to being punished for a problem they did not cause and could not solve.
Nwankwo said that the solution to the problem was massive and sufficient supply of petrol into the system by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The IPMAN chairman said marketers were making efforts to make the product available to customers as complete scarcity would amount to shutting the economy and holding the masses hostage.
“We make extra effort to get product at tank depot so that economic activities can go on and we should not be punished for that; we may have to close our stations if they continue to pursue us,” he said.
Pump price of petrol has hovered between N200 and N240 per liter.

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