By Stanley Okehie
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have threatened a showdown with Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) in Imo State.
NANS in a World Press Conference last week accused IPMAN of frustrating Nigerian students via the hoarding of petroleum products that resulted in the artificial scarcity of the commodity and hike in transportation fares. NANS therefore threatened to declare petroleum products free for all in any fuel station that fails to dispense the product within the next 24 hours.
A statement signed by Comr. Asefon Sunday Dayo – NANS National President, Comr. Victor Ezenagu – NANS National PRO and Comr. Chuks Okarfor – NANS Senate President, read in parts;”We have received complaints of frustrations by our members occasioned by this wickedness, where a distance from Douglas road to Federal Polytechnic Nekede, FUTO, Imo Poly and others are costing over N700 per trip.
“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 shall take our destiny in our hands and make life easy for our students and Imo people. Hence, any fuel station that fails to dispense the FG subsidized petroleum products allocated to Imo State by DPR within the next 24 hours shall have us declaring such product found in such station free for all.”