The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) yesterday urged the Federal Government to decentralise loading of petroleum products to make for effective loading at depots across the country.
“The government approach, where marketers across the country are expected to load petroleum products from only depots in Lagos state, is counter-productive,” Chief Lawson Obasi, national president of IPMAN told reporters in Port Harcourt, as he asserts that spreading of petroleum products to other coastal depots across the country would end the scarcity.
“To solve the 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.
He denied allegations that marketers hoarded products to deepen the scarcity to make more profit from sales.