Rivers state Chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has raised the alarm over incessant attacks on trucks carrying petroleum product across the state.
The group also attributed the smooth circulation of adulterated products to activities of illegal bunkering which they said is currently thriving in the Niger Delta region following the collapse of the Port Harcourt Refinery Depot.
Joseph Obele, Chairman of the group while appearing on a radio program, hinted that over ten trucks had been burnt and some trucks set ablaze by hoodlums under the guise of end SARs protest.
He said despite the damage the union had resoled not to embark on any services withdrawal knowing what it could cause to Nigerians especially at this trying times where there is so much hunger and bitterness in the land.
He also called the youths to initiate dialogue with the federal Government so as to make government to meet their demands noting that the rot in the country is affecting everyone of us.
Mr Obele had last week urged the Federal Government to expedite actions on planed repositioning of the downstream sector by taking quick steps towards revamping its refineries.
The environment is not also left out in the suffering as evidenced in the troubling black soot, stressing, that the ugly trend can only be curbed if the original products are made available in all nooks and cranny of the country,” he said.
He also frowned at the poor synergy between the Independent stakeholders operating at the Port Harcourt depot and the management of the depot.
“We are calling on the government to direct the Managing Director of the Port Harcourt Refinery to begin to strengthen cooperation with all licensed Independent stakeholders so as to foster progress in downstream operations of the state.
He said “As we speak, over 10 million Nigerians have lost their jobs, and this has given rise to hunger, insecurity and youth restiveness, we enjoin management of the depot to key in the transformation of the depot rather than worsen it,.