As the lingering scarcity of kerosene continues to take its toll on millions of Nigerians users, independent petroleum marketers under the orgies of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to allocate 50,000 metric tons to its members to ensure even distribution across the country.
The group also dismissed reports that the unabated scarcity of kerosene was due to government's failure to fully deregulate the downstream petroleum industry.
National President, of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Alhaji Musa Felande told THISDAY Thursday that the only way to address the problem was if the corporation gives allocation to genuine IPMAN members, pointing out that majority of the filling stations in the country are owned by IPMAN members.
Factional President of IPMAN, Alhaji Abdulkadri Aminu, had Thursday faulted the method being adopted by the NNPC in the allocation of kerosene.
Aminu said that NNPC ought to have allocated higher percentage of the product to IPMAN, which had about 76 per cent of the retail outlets against the 24 per cent that belonged to major marketers, who were recently allocated 30,000 metric tones.
But Felande said although the steps taken so far by the corporation to address the problem was commendable, the corporation should ensure that only genuine IPMAN members who has retail outlets across the country are supplied with the product.
He dismissed reports that the unabated scarcity of kerosene was due to government's failure to fully deregulate the downstream petroleum industry, saying, "if government could make Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) available, it can also make kerosene, which is predominantly used by most households available".
"We want our own allocation. So we are appealing to the NNPC to give us our own allocation. The corporation should openly declare the quantity that will be allocated to IPMAN, just as it did to MOMAN. If it is 50,000mt, it should be made openly. This is because some marketers who claim they are IPMAN members do not represent the interest of the group", he said.
Felande said to ensure that kerosene gets to the rural areas, NNPC must ensure that more allocation was given to IPMAN, and the actual quantity of kerosene products allocated to our members made known as was the case with MOMAN. He said IPMAN deserves a bigger treat in terms of products allocation because it is in large numbers and has the largest retail outlets across the country.
The NNPC recently allocated 30, 000 metric tones of kerosene to MOMAN to alleviate the kerosene scarcity experienced in the country.