The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has backed the decision of President Bola Tinubu to get rid of fuel subsidy, noting that it is the only way to make Nigeria great.
Yakubu Suleiman, IPMAN National Public Relations Officer, who made this position known during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday, emphasized that the union is fully behind the fuel subsidy removal.
“IPMAN’s position is that the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) is supporting or has supported the deregulation of the industry,” Suleiman said.
“Removing subsidy is the only answer to make Nigeria great because there is no country that can survive without deregulating the economy.”
He commended President Tinubu for removing subsidy removal in his inaugural speech.
“We really applaud Mr President for having the courage to announce the removal of subsidy,” he stated.
Suleiman said Tinubu was only informing Nigerians that there is no more subsidy, noting that the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari has announced subsidy removal by not making provision for it beyond June 2023 in the budget for this year.
He maintained that though discussions with stakeholders are important, the way to go is subsidy removal.
The IPMAN spokesman urged Nigerians not to engage in panic buying as Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol is sufficiently available in the country at the moment.