The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has expressed its readiness to assist the Nigerian Government towards finding a lasting solution to the fuel crisis in the country within the next two weeks.
This decision was taken following the resolve of the lingering crisis within the Association by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.
The Minister in a meeting with IPMAN in Abuja raised a 14-man committee with the task of restoring unity to the association.
He said that as critical stakeholders in the downstream sector, the contribution of IPMAN was crucial in the drive to end the prevailing fuel supply situation across the nation.
Dr Kachikwu called on all members to see IPMAN as one indivisible entity, who needs to work with relevant government agencies such as the NNPC, DPR and other stakeholders to bring an end to the prevailing fuel scarcity.
Speaking after the successful deliberations, the National Secretary of IPMAN, Alhaji Danladi Pasali said ’’in the spirit of reconciliation and patriotism, we have resolved to forget our differences and work together towards providing products to our various stations across the country in order to ease the hardship on Nigerians.
He noted that IPMAN, which controls a massive chunk of the market share in the nation’s downstream sector, would mandate its stations to operate a 24 hour service in order to ease the hardship on Nigerians.
Also speaking at the meeting, a top IPMAN executive, Mr. Augustine Erhabor, commended the Minister for his efforts towards bringing lasting peace within the association.
He informed that IPMAN would set up teams to monitor products distribution and deliveries at all their outlets nationwide, while assuring that all their members will get their products at official ex-depot price so that they can sell at government approved price to Nigerians.
According to him, “IPMAN will liaise with the NNPC Management to facilitate the quick loading of about 7, 000 outstanding products tickets for onward dispensing into the hinterland across the country.
Mr Erhabor called on members of the public to refrain from hoarding and panic buying, assuring them that the fuel queues will vanish soonest.
Members of the 14-man reconciliation committee set up by the Minister are: Alhaji. Danladi Pasali, Barrister Dibu Aderigbe, Alh.Abubakar Maigandi, Alh. Hemmed Fashola, Dr. Leo Nkememe, Hon. Chukwudi FredEzinwa and Chief Ben Odjugo.
Others are Chief Andrew Ashiga, Igwe Ezekwesili Maduaguna, Dr. Emma Ihedigbo, ComradeM. A. Shettima, Mr. Augustine Erhabor, Prince I. Dunuje and Engr. Lawson Ngoa. Garba Deen Muhammad Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).