Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria(IPMAN) in kwara state says members may be forced to down tools and close down their stations in kwara state starting from Friday if there is no proper consultation on the recent NNPC E-payment policy tagged PPMC customers express payment which involves marketers to provide some prerequisite like current bulk purchase agreement renewal , procurement of which marketers say involves high cost and a lot of bureaucratic bottleneck.
The petroleum marketers in kwara insist that they were not consulted on the effectiveness of the new policy .They also say the implementation was sudden.
Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin ,kwara state capital, IPMAN depot Chairman Alh.Abdul-lateef Abdulrauf Kamaja said “ before the introduction of the present policy there had been many paid tickets from marketers running to billions of naira in the coffers of the NNPC which were not attended to”.
According to Kamaja “it is also imperative for the NNPC to always consult with the marketers before bringing up any policy as this to ensure harmonious and peaceful business relationships between her and the marketers who act as a bridge to the consuming masses”.
He concluded that “ if their suggestions are not met ,the Association may have no option than to down tools by closing down their station”.
It is recalled that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) recently said it deployed an application “Customer Express” to track sales and distribution in the oil-and-gas secondary model portal to enable market buy petroleum products online.
The move according to Kennie Obateru ,Corporation’s Group General Manager in the Public Affairs Division is to minimize human contact in business transactions at the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a downstream subsidiary of NNPC, as a result of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.