The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has accused the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) depot manager in Osisioma/Aba depot, in Abia State, Mr. Emmanuel Mgbakiri, of frustrating products loading process meant to ensure its availability within the area.
Marketers, who expressed dismay over the attitude of the depot manager lamented that rules were no longer followed at the depot, accusing the manager of giving priority to the highest bidders and those loyal to him.
They complained that for some time now, members already on line do not get the products, and were forced to go to private depots, where they were compelled to load at higher cost.
When contacted, PMAN Eastern zonal chairperson, ChukwudiEzinwa, who spoke to reporters in Abuja, alleged that products meant for some marketers, who had spent several hours and nights waiting for their turns, were later diverted on the orders of the manager.
“We have found out that the depot manager has over some time now breached the standard rules set by the PPMC for the products loading programmes.
“It has been discovered that majority of marketers who registered and queued up for their trucks to be loaded would be asked to step aside and give way for some others who are cronies of the depot manager,” he stated.