Fuel scarcity may be looming in the South East, South-South and North Central zones of the country, following threats by the Eastern Zone of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, to withdraw their services next week.
IPMAN issued the service-withdrawal notice yesterday, in a statement signed by the zonal chairman, Mr. Bobby Eberechi Dick, and the zonal Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Inimgba.
The association lamented the non-payment of their bridging claims which they said had been paid to their colleagues in the North-West and North-East Zones.
The statement also appealed to the Honourable Minister of State for petroleum for his immediate intervention in releasing the monies tied down with the defunct Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF), thereby saving their businesses and preventing the loss of their properties which, they say, were used as collaterals to banks.
The association added that if the monies are not released to its members, as done to the other zones, by the end of November 2023, it will have no other option than to withdraw its services from the general public, as it cannot fold its hands and see the hard-earned properties of its members taken away by the banks.