IPMAN warns DPR on incessant fee, threatens to shut filling stations

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has warned the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) over incessant fees on its members, threatening that if nothing is done, it would shut its filling stations in the South West of the country.

Speaking at a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday held at IPMAN Building, Odo-Ona, Ibadan, Oyo State, chairman, IPMAN Western Zone, Alhaji Dele Tajudeen, said “It is high time we deliberated on the activities of DPR and curb the illegal fees being charged our members.

The meeting had in attendance leaders of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) and Independent Marketer Branch (IMB) and they gave DPR 72 hours to revert to the old fee regime.

Tajudeen said they are speaking with one voice to reject and deliberate on the astronomical increase in all DPR fees as well as the negative impact they have on the operations of petroleum marketers in the country
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting and signed by Alhaji Tajudeen, IPMAN, PTD and IMB said: “That the revenue drive of the DPR has beclouded its regulatory role and the main product of marketers is still being regulated by the government and there has not been any increase in marketers margin in the last 15 years.

“The centralisation of product through the Customers Express has made product distribution cumbersome and fraudulent, such that some marketers have not been allocated any product in the last six to nine months and it is practically impossible for marketers to operate under the new DPR fees regime and allocation of product to all marketers from a central point in Abuja.

“Having made various representations to the DPR and PPMC management on the issues raised without a positive result, or reaction, it was resolved that three days ultimatum, commencing from October 6, 2021, be given to the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (DPR) to revert to the old fee regimes and the PPMC management authority to decentralize product allocation failing which all IPMAN affiliated petrol filling stations in Western Zone (System 2B) will be shut to the buying public.

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