MINISTER of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has moved to end the leadership tussle in the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).
His peace deal and intervention would get IPMAN to resolve the lingering fuel crisis.
At a meeting with the IPMAN leadership at the instance of Dr. Kachikwu, a 14-man member committee was raised to look into the leadership tussle and resolve it.
The committee is expected to interface with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) on behalf of the members of the association to ensure that fuel is made available to the nooks and crannies of this country.
Kachikwu has also mandated the committee to restore peace to IPMAN at the national, zonal and depot levels.
The committee is to ensure that marketers get their products and sell same at government approved price.
IPMAN, on its part, has assured Nigerians that the pains they are going through
now as a result of fuel scarcity, would end soon as it has promised to flood the petrol stations with products.
The association which has been locked up in leadership tussle over the past three years, gave the assurance after the meeting.
Kachikwu noted that as critical stakeholder in the downstream sector, IPMAN’s contribution is crucial in the drive to end the prevailing fuel supply situation.
The minister, who called on all members to see IPMAN as one indivisible entity, also charged them to work with government agencies such as the NNPC, DPR and other stakeholders to ensure that the prevailing fuel scarcity “becomes a thing of the past as quickly as possible.”
Speaking shortly after the successful deliberations, the National Secretary of IPMAN, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, expressed readiness to assist the Federal Government towards bringing a lasting solution to the fuel situation in the country within the next two weeks as stated by Dr. Kachikwu during a recent meeting with the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream. The minister had assured the lawmakers that the lingering fuel crisis will be over within the next two weeks.
Aligning IPMAN with this objective, Pasali stated thus: “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 said IPMAN, which controls a massive chunk of the market share in the nation’s downstream sector, will mandate its stations to operate a 24-hour service to ease the hardship on Nigerians.
Also speaking, at the meeting, Mr. Augustine Erhabor, another top IPMAN executive commended the minister for his efforts towards bringing lasting peace within the association, a development he described as “a new dawn in IPMAN.”
He informed that IPMAN will set up teams to monitor products distribution and deliveries at all their outlets nationwide even as he assured that all their members will get their products at official ex-depot price so that they can sell at government approved price.
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.
He urged the public to stop hoarding and panic-buying, assuring that in no distant future, the fuel queues will vanish.
“All of us in IPMAN are united and I want to assure Nigerians that this unity will help us see the end of this prevailing situation’’, Erhabor said.