Why 60% Of Oil Marketers Are Currently Unemployed – IPMAN

Why 60% Of Oil Marketers Are Currently Unemployed - IPMAN

LAGOS – The Chairman, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Ore Depot, Shina Amoo, has lamented that about 60 per cent of independent oil marketers are now redundant, following the removal of fuel subsidy, which led to a massive rise in the prices of products.CONTINUE READING>>>>>

Speaking during a recent interview with journalists, Amoo also said that life had become unbearable for many IPMAN members as a result of business frustration and the attendant financial challenges.

He said: “Deregulation is the best regime in our sector but the problem with this current regime is that our refineries are not working.

“Dangote that we believed in is not ready. All government-owned depots are abandoned. All the pipelines have been vandalised. There is no solution to the free flow of the product in the country. We are still on importation.

“Before deregulation, we could get petrol at N172 and sell at our stations for N190 or N195. From the margin of N23, we pay for transportation and other logistics and have small profit. But now, we buy at N580 from private depot owners. How do we make profit?

“As I talk to you, many of the private depot owners are selling to us at their pump price, not ex-depot price. What we are looking out for is how the government can come to our aid and allow independent marketers to operate.

“Our expectation is that if it is possible for government to organise a depot that will allow us to have a margin so that we can sell at the same pump price with private depot owners.

“Many are idle because they cannot access the product at the official rate or at the rate that allows for profit. Many of our people have sold their petrol stations and others have put their station for lease or for sale.

“Government can give us grant for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) conversion. It can do that through development bank. On the CNG, government should support us to engage in gas sales to compensate for the loss revenue from fuel.”…… Continue Your Reading

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