Fuel scarcity: Govt releases 7,000 petrol loading tickets to independent marketers

*Petroleum marketers.

*Petroleum marketers.

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

11 April 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Federal government announced on Sunday that it has begun to release trucks of petrol to members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) to offset about 7,000 of their loading tickets which they said had been outstanding at products depots in the country.

According to a statement from the Secretary of IPMAN’s Reconciliation/Interim Management Committee, Mr. Lawson Ngoa, made available to journalists in Abuja, some of their members have started loading products from some depots in Lagos.

It explained that the development was made possible by the intervention by the committee which was recently constituted by the federal government to reunite them after years of leadership tussle.

Ngoa said that IPMAN controls over 80 percent of the petroleum products retail outlets in the country but they were not getting the products from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) due to the internal leadership crises it had.

According to him, the committee has now taken steps to ensure that products are available at its retail outlets all over the country.

Ngoa in the statement thanked Nigerians for their patience and understanding with the government on the fuel scarcity.

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