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Fuel Scarcity: Uzodinma Warns IPMAN, Tanker Drivers

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has urged the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Petroleum Tanker Driver’s Association to rescind their action which has led to ‘an artificial scarcity’ of petroleum products in the state.

Uzodinma, in a statement on Facebook, lamented the effect of the scarcity, adding that his administration will not fold arms and watch anybody or group of persons impose an undue hardship on the people of the state.

To curb the excess, the Governor said he will set up a taskforce to monitor the activities of the marketers, stressing that sanction awaits anyone of them found wanting.

He wrote, “Over a period of time now, we have witnessed the untoward hardship occasioned by the artificial scarcity created by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Petroleum Tanker Driver’s Association wherein citizens have been subjected to the harsh treatment of purchasing Petroleum products at ridiculous price.
“My administration would not fold arms and watch anybody or group of persons impose undue hardship on the people of Imo State. On this note, I therefore advise the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) to forthwith, rescind on their actions over the artificial scarcity created.
“I shall set up a taskforce for the monitoring of sales of Petroleum products at the regulated price and any Petroleum Marketer found wanting, would be made to face the law and appropriate sanctions meted out. Imolites deserve better treatment and that I would ensure to the last.”

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