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Oil marketers urge NNPC to reopen S-East depots

Enugu—Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has urged the new management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to reopen its depots in the South East that were shut four years ago.

Mr Chukwudi Ezinwa, Enugu State Chairman of IPMAN told newsmen, yesterday in Enugu that this would help in sustaining the availability of petroleum products in the country.

Ezinwa listed the closed depots to include Emene in Enugu State, Aba in Abia State and Makurdi in Benue State.

“Emene depot was closed four years ago and since then, marketers have been experiencing a lot of hardship in doing business to the extent that we cannot meet our family needs,” he said.

The chairman said that IPMAN was ready to join the fight against vandalism, which was the reason for the closure of the affected depot.

Ezinwa wondered why the depots were closed for that long while similar acts were perpetrated in depots in other parts of the country and they are still operational.

The chairman attributed the problem in NNPC to what he described as ‘a cabal’ across the country that is controlling the affairs of the corporation.

“Changing the leadership of NNPC is not the solution to problems of the corporation but the so called cabal within the system,” he said.

On the current availability of petroleum products in the country, the marketer commended the NNPC for the effort and urged it to sustain the flow by reopening the closed depots.


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