The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has called on the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to commence immediate demolition of over 2,000 filling stations for operating illegally across the country.
According to IPMAN, the demolition would check the persistent scarcity of petroleum products.
The Chairman of Board of Trustees of IPMAN, Aminu Abdulkadir, made the call when he fielded questions from State House correspondents in Abuja on Sunday.
Abdulkadir said the demolition of the retail outlets had become necessary to ensure availability of the products.
The meeting was convened by the presidency to find lasting solutions to problems of petroleum scarcity and diversion of the commodity in the country.
He said the exercise, if carried out by the federal government, would also serve as deterrent to those who might want to frustrate federal government’s efforts towards ensuring stability and sanity in the oil sector.
“But what is true is that there are people who are not licensed marketers, who have access to these products and they are doing what they like best because they want to profiteer from it, thereby constituting these problems for government, marketers and Nigerians at large.
“And these over 2,000 unlicensed marketers are neither IPMAN nor DAPMAN members.
“These are people who are lawless. They are people who are also associated with bunkerers and these bunkerers are being encouraged because there are buyers and who are those buyers.
“The buyers are those people who are constructing filling stations without any documentation. They are not members of NOMAN, they are not members to IPMAN, they are not members to DAPMAN and they are not under the retail of the NNPC.
“That is why at the critical stakeholders’ meeting I suggested that such petrol stations should be demolished.
“I also reemphasised this at the National Assembly that such illegal retail outlets should be demolished,’’ he added.
He, however, said that those illegal retail outlets, particularly the ones along the nation’s borders which might meet national requirements, could be converted to NNPC outlets.