The Benin depot branch of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association Nigeria has charged the federal government on repairs of the Benin depot of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and refineries across the country.
The Benin Deport chairman of IPMAN, Baba Abdul Saliu, gave the charge yesterday in Benin, during an Annual General Meeting and election of new executives for the association.
He lamented that the depot had remained moribund and out of operations for over a decade.
“We are now loading petroleum products from Warri and Oghara which are in Delta state. Benin depot used to be a beehive of activities but it has been taken over by rodents and reptiles,” he said.
According to him, the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries will put an end to the incessant hike in the prices of petroleum products in the country.
“We will engage and collaborate with government and other relevant agencies in the oil and gas sector to fix the depots and refineries,
“If the refineries are fixed, crude oil would be refined in the country and that will help to reduce the incessant increment of pump prices in the country,” Saliu said.
He assured that the union will partner with the federal government to ensure that the right policies are put in place to avert strike actions by members.