The National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo has directed all IPMAN members nationwide to open their filling stations for service, while assuring effective distribution of petrol to customers at this time of a national partial shutdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.
This was contained in a statement signed by the National Operations Controller of IPMAN, Mike Osatuyi, informing marketers that restriction on CONVID-19 “Stay at Home” does not apply to food processing, distribution, retail companies and petroleum distribution and retailing petroleum stations nationwide
Osatuyi stated that President Muhammadu Buhari in his broadcast on Sunday 29th March 2020 emphasised that petroleum distribution and retailers are not included.
According to Osatuyi, “All members of the association should work with other stakeholders in the downstream sector in ensuring seamless operation in loading in both private depots and NNPC depots nationwide. The Federal Government has assured security for our staff and members who are serving the country at this trying moment.
Osatuyi enjoined all IPMAN staff and members to wear their identification card either Ipman identity card or our filling station company identification card in case of screening on the road and highway.
He said: The National Executive Committee of IPMAN commended members nationwide and advise them to sell petrol at N125 approved price.