By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), yesterday advised the Federal Government to shelve the planned deregulation of the downstream oil sector for now, noting that unless the nationâ€™s refineries become functional, deregulation would create more problems for both Nigerians and the government.
Chairman of Enugu Depot of IPMAN, Chief Chidi Ezinwa, said in Enugu, that even though the independent petroleum marketers welcomed the idea of deregulation, necessary facilities must first be put in place to ensure its success.
He said, â€œthere is just no way you can deregulate when all the petroleum depots in the country are not working.Â How do you want people to survive?
The government stopped oil importers since three months ago from importing Kerosene, today you can see the negative result. Kerosene now sells for between N130 and N140 per litre.
Ezinwa called for a policy that would make it mandatory for anybody or company allocated oil wells to own at least a refinery in the country to enable them refine part of the crude oil they lift from the country before exporting same.