The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Monday lauded the Federal Government for lifting the ban placed on the supply of petroleum products to border communities across the country.
IPMAN’s President, Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo, said in Lagos that the lifting of the ban was a huge relief to marketers affected by government’s decision.
The government had on November 6, 2019 directed that petroleum products should not be supplied to filling stations within 20 kilometres of the border.
However, the government had in a circular dated March 18, 2020 granted waivers to 66 filling stations at various border communities to lift and supply fuel.
Okoronkwo said the ban was lifted after series of engagements between oil marketers and the Nigeria Customs Service.
“Our engagement with the Customs management is beginning to yield fruit. 66 filling stations have been released which is good.
“The Customs have looked at the activities of these stations and it is in line with their expectations which led to the suspension of the ban,’’ he said.
The IPMAN president disclosed that oil marketers were making plans to deploy modern technology in running their businesses to curb smuggling and diversion of products.