Over fuel price hike
–    As FG assures quick supply of products

The leadership of Imo state Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMA) has called on its members, mostly those who have petroleum in their respective filling stations stop hoarding it, but rather, to immediately commence sales as recommended price, to ensure hitch free Christmas and new year celebrations in the state.


Speaking to news men in Owerri, the Chairman of Imo state chapter, of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association, Sir Chidiebere Okoroafor, stated this while fielding questions on the reasons behind the current shortage of petroleum products and the hike in pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) He said the issues arise from the increased demand of the products by motorists while there is acute shortage in the supply of the PMS. According to him, the NNPC has actually promised that the short supply is temporary, and envisages that, the product soonest will be all over and the pump price would definitely become normal and stabilize.

On the issue of alleged under delivery of products by some marketers, Sir Okoroafor said it is often a technical error caused by the calibrations of the products which he said also occur in both over delivery and under-delivery. He pointed out that the only way to notice such is when using a jerry-can or plastic container to buy fuel.

The newly elected Imo state Petroleum Marketers Association Chairman, Sir Okoroafor, stated also that the major challenges in the industry are those who flout lease other peoples petrol station, who see every bit of it as business. They the policies of their Association and as well never cared about the development of petroleum resources which serve as a monitoring agent. According to him, he envisages that soon, there will be a stiff policy guideline to forestall their negative actions which always tarnish the image of Imo state Petroleum Marketers Association.

On the current gas explosion in one of the filling stations, in Imo state and elsewhere, Sir Okoroafor condoled with the families of those who lost their lives during the incident and called for more safety consciousness by the operators. According to him, his Association has concluded plans to hold a quarterly sensitization seminar on the issues bothering on safety with best international practices.

He therefore called on those who would likely collaborate with the Association to do so especially, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) which he said is their major partner. He wished Imo people happy and memorable yuletide celebrations.  
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