The eastern zone of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has said the president’s directive to major petroleum products marketers to ensure availability of kerosene failed because independent marketers were not involved.
The chairman, Chief Chukwudi Ezinwa said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria yesterday in Enugu.
He said the directive failed because the number of stations owned by major marketers was insufficient to reach the masses in the hinterland.
According to him, stations of major marketers are usually located in the urban areas, making it impossible for the rural dwellers to come all the way to the city to buy.
“There is no way the major marketers can ease off the scarcity of kerosene in this country without involving the independent petroleum marketers.
“You must involve independent petroleum marketers, people who have stations in all the nooks and crannies of the country.”
The chairman said that the Federal Government should create an enabling environment where IPMAN and major marketers would checkmate each other.
“The government should be open. Let us know how many tonnes of kerosene is given to major marketers and in turn, let major marketers know the quantity given to us as well,” he said.
He urged the Federal Government to organise a stakeholders meeting to end kerosene scarcity which has become a national crisis.