Following the disturbing scarcity of petroleum products and the unbearable hike in the prices of the products in the state for days now and also considering the hardship or inconveniences the situation has caused the people of the state, the Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday January 12, 2016 had a serious meeting with the members of the state branch of Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, at the instance of the Governor.
The essence of the well attended meeting which took place at the Government House was to find ways of dealing with the situation at the moment so that the marketers who have the products could begin to sell at the approved prices to the people of the state and to deal with the worrying issue of scarcity.
The meeting was not only convivial but truly fruitful because both the petroleum marketers and the governor and other senior Government functionaries present were all sincere and they all saw the need to remedy the situation.
Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Mr. Christopher Amadi who spoke on behalf of other marketers on what the problem was all about, explained that the marketers in the state do not get their allocations from direct sources but always buy from the third parties. He also told the governor about some of the filling stations sealed by the department of Petroleum Resources, DPR.
The governor who was visibly worried told the marketers that his government would not afford to watch the marketers creating artificial scarcity of the products to justify their reason for selling above the government’s approved pump prices; and equally advised the marketers to be humane and considerate.
The Imo governor also assured the marketers that he would intervene to ensure that filling stations sealed by DPR are opened without further delay to do away with THE excruciating effects of the scarcity of the petroleum products in the state at the moment.
Again, at the meeting the governor made some contacts that would see petroleum products being supplied to the Imo marketers without delay so that the products can be available for Imo people to buy at the approved prices. He also cautioned the marketers against sharp practices once the products begin to arrive.
The governor equally told the leadership of the Marketers Association and government officials handling petroleum related matters in the state to monitor petroleum products loaded to be sold in the state to ensure that such products would not be diverted. He also assured that a meeting of that nature would continue to take place to nip in the bud any situation that would cause scarcity and price hike of petroleum products in the state in future.
The governor appealed to the people of the state to remain calm on ground that the issue of scarcity of petroleum products in the state now would become an experience of the past, while regretting the inconveniences the current circumstance must have caused them.
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