A strong warning was yesterday issued to all filling stations across the country that any one caught selling kerosene above N50 per litre price would be closed down for a period of six months among other sanctions that could follow.
The warning was given by the National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Mr. Aminu Abdulkadir, who said the objective was an effort between Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the association with a view to reducing the hardship Nigerians face before getting the product.
“When there is distortion in the distribution system, as it was before, there must be a problem in getting the product. The idea came up as a result of some critical assessment of how the oil and gas industry could do away with the perennial problem of kerosene scarcity.”
Speaking in Kano while launching the sale of kerosene at N50 per litre, Abdulkadir explained that now that the marketers were getting the product, it would be available at the filling stations and at affordable price.
Abdulkadir said: “We have put an effective and efficient mechanism to monitor the distribution of kerosene across the filling stations in the country. Looking at the structure of our association, one should understand that non-compliance could easily be dealt with. I understand the intricacies in the production and distribution of the product. And I have been in this business for more than two decades. So I think we can handle the situation effectively.”
He concluded that IPMAN was all out to see that the benefits intended from that directive trickle down to the poor people in the country.
The president called on all Nigerians to as, a matter of urgency, stop using fire wood so as to ensure a healthier environment across the country.