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COVID-19: Open Stations For Operations, IPMAN Boss Directs Marketers

LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - The National President of the Independent Petroleum Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo has directed all IPMAN members nationwide to open there filling stations for service, while assuring  effective distribution of petrol to customers at this time of a national partial shutdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.

This was contained in a statement  signed by the National Operations Controller of IPMAN, Mr Mike Osatuyi, on Monday informing marketers that restriction on CONVID-19 "Stay at Home"  does not applied to food processing, distribution, retail companies and petroleum distribution and retailing petroleum stations nationwide. 

Osatuyi stated that President Muhammadu Buhari in his broadcast on  Sunday, March 29, 2020 empahsised that petroleum distribution and retailers are not included.

According to  Osatuyi, "All members of the association should work with other stakeholders in the downstream sector in ensuring seamless operation in loading in both private depots and NNPC depots nationwide. 

"The Federal Government has assured security for our staff and members who are serving the country at this trying moment."

Osatuyi enjoined all IPMAN staff and members to wear there identification cards in case of screening on the road and highway. 

He said: The National Executive Committee of  IPMAN commended members nationwide and advice them to sell petrol at N125 approved price. 

"IPMAN also stands with Nigerians and the Federal Government  in this trying period.

"We commend the efforts of the Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), all state governments and Federal Government and wish to reassure them of our commitment towards effective distribution of petroleum products across the nooks and cranny of the country will not be compromised.

"We appeal to Nigerians to adhere to government directives and maintain regular hygienic, sanitary practices as well as social distancing."

Osatuyi commended the management of NNPC under the leadership of Mallam Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director for assuring marketers of sufficient and prompt petroleum distribution

It would be recalled that Kyari on March 29 2020 urged Nigerians not to engage in panic buying of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), as the country has adequate stock of the products to last for over 60-days.

Kyari assured that the NNPC had the support of all stakeholders to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products in the country.

He said: “There is absolutely no scarcity anywhere; our supply is robust, we have fuel that will last this country even for 60-days if assuming we do not import any.

“Of course people because of the pandemic, stay at home, may try to conserve fuel, there is no need to do this.

“Maintain your normal life, we have secured all assurances that trucks will be moving freely across the country throughout this period of difficulty and supply will be sustained."

He appealed to Nigerians not to flood fuel stations as there was no need for that. 

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