The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), on Thursday, cautioned petrol marketers in Imo State against hoarding petroleum in order not to create hardship for people of the state.
NANS, gave this warning while briefing Newsmen at the NUJ secretariat Owerri, Imo State.
The students body said any filing station that refuses to dispense the FG subsidized petroleum products allocated to Imo State by Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, within the next 24 hours, “shall have us declaring such product found in such station FREE FOR ALL”
NANS National President, Comr. Asefon Sunday Dayo, while speaking on behalf of the students said, “because our members are the worst hit and students in Imo State can no longer go to school because over 80% of our students are living off campuses as a result of inadequate hostels on campuses.
“We have invited you to express frustrations and economic hardships imposed by IPMAN members on imo State.”
“As you are aware, for the past two weeks, IPMAN and members have withdrawn the services of dispensing FG subsidized PMS and other allied products under the pretense of agitation and making unfounded dubious demands.”
Also speaking, Comr Joy Gerrald Imo Joint Campus Committee, JCC Chairman said, “they claimed that one of their members won a case in court against imo State government, a judgement that is currently being appealed by the Imo State Government, yet this elements in their desperation has continually refused to render services to Imo State people, same people the government granted them operational licenses to service.”
“You may wish to know that these people only open at night where they sell these same subsidized products at an exorbitant prices of #350 to #400 Naira, which is an indication that these elements are just out to make life unbearable to Imo people and by extension Nigerians while selfishly profiting from the suffering of the people.”
“This wickedness exhibited by IPMAN members has given rise to astronomical hike in the prices of goods and services in imo State thereby making life more difficult to the already impoverished imo people.”
“In our thinking, IPMAN is acting like a mere cartel, illegally selling the FG subsidized fuel at exorbitant prices, depriving Imo people from enjoying subsidized products which they are entitled to unconditionally and hording same to sell illegally at hiked prices. This is not only a criminal but also and economic sabotage which must be resisted.”
“We have received complaints of frustrations by our members occasioned by this wickedness, where a distance from Douglas road to Fedpoly Nekede, Futo, Imopoly and others are costing over Seven hundred naira per trip.”
“We feel challenged and can not fold our arms and watch our people suffer while some elements hiding under the umbrella of IPMAN, with the under the supervision of DPR to continue to criminally enrich themselves to the detriment of unsuspecting Imo people, especially our students.”
“After due consultation with all affected groups in the State, we have resolved to lead a struggle to ensure that these products are made available and distributed as contained in the license issued to petroleum dealers.”