Kerosene-queue-in-Dutse-300x173The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has started the sale of kerosene at N50 per litre across its filling stations nationwide.

The campaign, which began in Lagos on Wednesday, according to IPMAN, is aimed at ensuring that Nigerians get the products at an affordable price.

The National President of the association, Alhaji Abdulkadri Aminu, said that members had been mandated to ensure the sale of kerosene at the regulated price of N50 per litre as directed by the Federal Government.

According to him, the sale of kerosene to the common people at the approved government price has been one of IPMAN projects in conjunction with the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

He said, “The association has been at the vanguard of ensuring that the product that is meant for the local people should be sold at the approved price.

“This has also been the focus of the Minister of Petroleum. Today, we are grateful to God that we have seen it happen. I want to assure every Nigerian that this exercise will be sustained.”

Aminu explained that the initiative would be inaugurated in other states of the country, adding that any member found selling above the regulated price would be penalised.

He said, “From here, we are going to Kano, Sokoto, Enugu, Jos, Yola, Maiduguri and other states. This is the first time I am coming to visit our retail outlets and I can give you the assurance that the exercise is going to be continuous.

“The chairman of the South-West zone had been directed to go to other states in the south to inaugurate the product.”

Aminu, who stated that IPMAN members controlled 86 per cent of the total retail outlets in the nation, added that it intended to ride on this network of stations to make kerosene available to the masses.

He also said the association would inaugurate the kerosene initiative in 20 stations every month; adding that a monitoring team would be put together to ensure conformity in all the IPMAN outlets nationwide.

“It is possible and true that kerosene can be sold at N50 per litre in this country. NNPC has been trying and we need more from the corporation. Inasmuch as the product is available, IPMAN is ready to sell at N50,” he said.

In spite of this, the IPMAN boss said it was important for Nigerians to embrace the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas due to its numerous benefits.

The kerosene initiative, according to him, is a bridge scheme aimed at providing the necessary cushioning measures while efforts are being put in place to deepen gas usage in the country.

He said, “We are trying to create awareness among Nigerians on the essence of gas usage, the advantages and the prices. But it is an issue that has to go on gradually. However, in the mean time, we have to give succour to the people and that is what we are doing now.

“What we are doing now is a bridge we intend to close between the gas availability and people utilisation, which will help us a lot in our deforestation exercise.”

 

Information from Punch was used in this report.

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