Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Kwara State chapter said its members would from Friday suspend the sale of fuel to members of the public in the state.
The association said its action was informed by the recent unfriendly policy of the Pipelines and Product Advertising Firm, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the state capital, NNPC Depot chairman of the association in Ilorin, Alhaji Abdullateef Kamaja, said stakeholders were not duly consulted before the new policy of e-payment was rolled out.
He said, “The NNPC also directs marketers to provide another prerequisite like bulk buy agreement renewal. The procurement involves high cost and a lot of bureaucratic bottlenecks.”
Kamaja, therefore, urged the PPMC to rescind the decision, noting that it was too sudden as the marketers were not consulted beforehand.
He stated, “The implementation was additionally so sudden that no marketer might have made any effort to comply with NNPC tips. This to us is viewed as a means to paralyse IPMAN members’ efforts to contribute to national economic growth
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“Before the introduction of the current policy, there had been many paid tickets from marketers operating into billions of Naira within the coffers of the NNPC which weren’t attended to. Several factors like
network failure and inability of marketers to have code payment militated against the former procedure.
“It’s hereby wished that the current directive is abrogated pending a
proper consultation and deliberation with marketers.
“It’s crucial for the NNPC to always consult with the marketers before bringing up any policy as this will ensure the harmonious and peaceable relationship between her and the marketers who act as the bridge to the consuming plenty.
“If our herein stated suggestions should not meet, we may have no option than to down tools by closing down our stations.”