The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has promised to sustain the supply and distribution of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, nationwide, despite the partial lockdown on the country over the Coronavirus pandemic.
The IPMAN Chairman, Kano Zone, Bashir Dan-Mallam gave the assurance in a statement on Thursday, shortly after the association’s emergency meeting in the state.
According to him, the association has made all necessary plans to sustain the supply and distribution of the products across the country.
Mr Dan-Mallam said the association felt duty-bound to contribute its own quota in the fight against the pandemic by ensuring a steady fuel supply in the country.
“In consideration of the pivotal role petroleum products play as the engine room of the economy, IPMAN as an essential service provider, would keep all its outlets open for business to lessen the impact of the restrictions placed on people and businesses,” the chairman disclosed.
The IPMAN chairman, therefore, urged the government to continue to open all access to petroleum products for lifting by marketers.
“IPMAN further urge the NNPC, DPR, PPPRA, PEF and other relevant stakeholders in the downstream sector of the industry to complement government efforts in facilitating smooth, efficient and unbroken chain of supply and distribution of the products.
“We further urge all our members to adhere strictly to the advice and directives of health officials from the federal and states ministry of health and NCDC as well as local health officials.
“Furthermore, our members and indeed the public should pay attention to personal hygiene and ensure a safe social distance and to always wear face masks, hand gloves and wash hands with soap and sanitizers to stay safe,” Mr Dan-Mallam said.