The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has condemned an attempt by State governments to take over the role of the regulator of the downstream petroleum operations in Southeast.

Chairman of IPMAN, Enugu Depot, in charge of Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States, Chinedu Anyaso, who made assertion said this in Awka, said state governments did not have the standardized equipment to measure the accuracy of dispensing machines and they lacked the powers to supervise downstream petroleum operations.

He stated that IPMAN, also condemned the invasion of marketers’outlets by state governments in the guise of enforcing prices and monitoring dispensing machines.

Anyaso explained that the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA, remained the only constitutionally-empowered body to regulate downstream sector operations and that states were free to work with them if they wished.