Tuesday, 17 January 2017

IPMAN accuses NNPC of corruption

Oil marketers have accused officials of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of extortion during the loading of petroleum products at the depots.

Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries resumed operations and have been pumping products to the depots.

The Vice President, Independent Petroleum  Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Alhaji Abubakar Dankingari who accused the state-run oil firm in a telephone conversation, lamented that the NNPC officials were sabotaging Federal Government’s genuine intentions.

But NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affiars Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu debunked the allegation also on a telephone.

Dankingari stressed that kerosene was still sold at a cut throat price across the nation consequent upon the hurdles that the marketers were still required to cross at the depots.

According to him, in all the three depots, marketers were required to present letters known as “Special Allocation from Abuja” to fast-track their loading while other independent marketers queued for the products endlessly.

He also alleged that the depots managements were selective in their dealings by always loading NNPC retail outlets and major marketers.

Dankingari accused the NNPC workers at the depots of extorting money from independent marketers before loading their trucks.

Dankigari, who commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources on their efforts at operationalising the refineries, however warned that managers of the entities must not thwart government’s efforts.

“All the three refineries are loading but the problem is that they are still engaged in sharp practices. They concentrate on loading major marketers and NNPC retail outlets.

“They load only few products for IPMAN members both petrol, diesel and kerosene. But they concentrate on loading major and NNPC retail outlets. They give only few quantity to IPMAN. They will not even load our members until they have extorted money from them. Most of the products they are loading in the three depots at refineries are special allocations from Abuja.

Ugamadu, who said NNPC was yet to receive any verbal or written complaints on the issue, promised a thorugh investigation on the matter upon receipt of any petition.

He said: “The refineries are on and they are producing and releasing products for consumption. So, what they mean by special allocation, I don’t know.

“All I know is that all our activities at the refineries are highly transparent just like the crude oil deal we did that day was highly transparent and it was televised live. So, I don’t understand what they mean by special allocation .

“As far as all the refineries are concerned all their activities are transparent and highly computerised.
“If we receive such complaint we are going to carry out a very thorough investigation. Nobody has complained to us either verbally or in writing.”

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