Major oil marketers in Rivers State have disagreed with the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) over its directive that petrol should sell at N140 instead of N145 per litre between now and 23rd February, 2019.
The National leadership of IPMAN gave the directive last week in a bid to ease the transportation problems of voters who may be travelling to various places to participate in the Saturday Presidential/National Assembly elections.
Speaking to The Vortex Adekunle Dayo, Manager of F. O. Filling Station, at Odili Road, Port Harcourt said major oil marketers such as F. O., Mobil, MRS are not bound by the directive because they are not members of IPMAN.
He said that his filling station, is still selling at N145 and will not likely comply with the N140 per litre directive.
Similarly, staff of Mobil Filling Station along Odili Road who spoke on condition of anonymity said their station would not sell below N145 while taking a swipe at IPMAN for giving directive that was capable of causing crisis in the oil industry.
“It is IPMAN members that can comply with the directive,” they told The Vortex.
The Federal Government had also confirmed that the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) will from today, Thursday, reduce the pump price of fuel from N145.00 per litre to N140.00 to cushion the effects of financial challenges on prospective voters and avert the possible disenfranchisement of many voters as a result of the postponement.
Briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the State House, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said IPMAN offered to discount the cost of fuel to encourage Nigerians who want to travel to their various communities to cast their votes on Saturday.
According to the minister, the offer will be valid only from Thursday, February 21, to Monday, February 25.
Mohammed also said the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the same vein, had offered to reduce transport fares within the same period to encourage voters who want to travel to cast their votes at a reduced transport fare.
In the same vein, he said Arik Airline and Aero Contractors had also offered to fly intending voters who can show their permanent voter cards to any part of the country from February 18 to March 11 at relatively reduced rates.
His words: “The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), with over 50,000 members and who control almost 80 percent of our distribution network, met a couple days ago on how to cushion the effect of the postponement, announced the reduction of the price of petroleum motor spirit (PMS) from N145 per liter to N140 per litre.
“This discount reflects the alignment of IPMAN with the government and the discount is valid between the 21st of February and the 25th, this year to allow those who want to go back home to vote.