The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has condemned in totality the establishing of petrol stations by some individuals without proper certifications.
Lamenting on the illegal operations, the chairman, Cross River State chapter of the association, Mr Robert Obi said though the process of becoming a petroleum product marketer and getting a DPR licence was difficult, it is most painful to get all certification only for an uncertified individual to put up a station beside theirs.
Naija News understands that Obi stated this during a courtesy visit to the new Operations Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources, Cross River office, Mr George Ene-Ita.
The IPMAN chairman again lamented on the lack of supply of Dual Purpose Kerosene and Automotive Gas Oil to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot in Calabar but to private tank farms in the state, leaving them with only one product, the Premium Motor Spirit.
According to him, there were available tanks with the NNPC in the state capital but needed to be cleaned up and slightly recalibrated to take DPK and AGO.
He added: “We had complained earlier and the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company promised to send us products but we were told that the Calabar depot doesn’t have enough storage facility.
“The chairman of PPMC called and told me to engage with the Managing Director, Storage which I did last year before the advent of COVID-19 but up till now, we still have issues with the tanks and are still not receiving the products even though PPMC is ready to send us products.”
In another news, Naija News reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced a “Naira 4 Dollar Scheme” – an incentive for senders and recipients of international money transfers.