The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Port Harcourt Refinery branch has raised alarm over the influx of illegally refined petroleum products in the market.
Chairman of the Port Harcourt Refinery branch of IPMAN, Emmanuel Inimgba, who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt recently, blamed the situation on the non-functioning of refineries.
He said the operators of illegal refineries took advantage of the non-functioning of the refineries to increase their activities.
The IPMAN boss pointed out that the increase of illegally refined petroleum products was not only an act of economic sabotage but was also risky for petroleum product consumers.
The IPMAN boss said truck drivers found it difficult to load products at tanker farms because of poor power supply.
He called on the Federal Government to revamp the ailing refineries, noting that the functioning of the refineries will help in reducing the patronage of illegally refined petroleum products.
The IPMAN Chairman also called for greater synergy between the union and the Rivers State Government, noting that the “creation of the enabling business environment would help in boosting internally generated revenue in the state, as IPMAN has over three thousand outlets in the state.”
On the recent shut down of some petroleum stations by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Rivers State, the IPMAN Chairman said, the union was in total support of the action. He said, it was a big challenge for marketers to operate without licence and urged all petroleum marketers to always comply to standards.
He also cautioned marketers against under-dispensing of petroleum products to consumers, pointing out that, defaulters will face sanctions.
Inimgba also assured the commitment of IPMAN under his watch towards effective service delivery and commitment to standards.