As illegally refined products take over, IPMAN, NUPENG flex muscle


* Unions shut down operations over non-supply of genuine products

By Gladys Nweke

Petroleum marketers under the umbrella of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association and the Independent Marketers branch of the NUPENG have shut down their activities over non supply of diesel and kerosene by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The groups in a peaceful protest to the PH Refinery and the Petroleum Pricing and Marketing Company (PPMC) Depot in Eleme LGA lamented that for the past two years, the PH Refinery has not been producing diesel and kerosene but imported petrol.

Chairman of the IPMAN, PH Refinery unit, Emmanuel Inimgba, told journalists that sales of illegally refined products known in local parlance as ‘kpo fire’is now flourishing in the state and damaging engines of their petroleum tankers.

The IPMAN chairman accused the NNPC of hoarding AGO and DPK thereby encouraging the Kpo fire activities in the State. He said the IPMAN, Petroleum Tanker Drivers and the Independent Marketers NUPENG Branch, would henceforth withdraw it’s services until management of the NNPC made available the products to Independent Marketers in the state.

Inimgba also accused the NNPC of selling AGO and DPK to private depots who now sell at non-government approved prices to them.

On his part, the chairman of the Independent Marketers NUPENG Branch, Uche Udunwon, said no tanker drivers would load and supply products henceforth until they get good diesel to power their trucks. He said their truck engines have been damaged as a result of the use of ‘Kpo-fire’ diesel.