Awka, Sept. 1, 2023: The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has set up a special taskforce to check the menace of adulterated products.
IPMAN, Enugu Depot in charge of Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States said this in a communique raised at its Annual General Meeting and made available to journalists on Awka on Friday.
The communique which was signed by Mr Chinedu Anyaso and Emeka Iloafor, Chairman and Secretary of the depot respectively said another committee had been set to recover debts owed members by State Governments for products supplied.
The association said it viewed the recent removal of petrol subsidy and its implication on households and decided to take deliberate actions to ensure customers’ value for money.
It said the special taskforce which were set up in each of the states under it’s jurisdiction would work with security agencies and would commence routine surveillance soon.
“We have equally resolved to take the issue of adulterated petroleum products and under dispensing very seriously.
“We have set up a task force that will collaborate with the security agencies to make sure that anybody caught in the act are brought to book.
“The debt owed to our members as a result of the diesel they supplied to State Governments must be recovered, the executives has been mandated to set up a committee that will tackle the issue as soon as possible.
“We will always strive to protect the interest of our members and the public for the good of our country,” it said.
IPMAN Enugu Depot lamented that trading capitals of many of its members were trapped in Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) which according to them had not been for years.
It called on the Federal government to confirm and honour the claims of members which it said ran into billions of naira to enable marketers stay in business.
The AGM reiterated that the dividend of bulk share it purchased for members in NIPCO in 2001 should be paid in bulk for onward payment to individual holders through the depot leadership.
“All our members whose funds are trapped with PEF should as matters of urgency visit our office for proper verification and follow up on the payment.
“We have resolved and withdrawn the pending Court case with Weight and Measure and the case resolved.
“Our members’ shares with NIPCO which is calculated cumulatively to be N10 Million since 2001 should be equally shared among our 419 members that subscribed to the bulk depot share then,’ it said.