Fuel Scarcity: Nnpc Raises Reconciliation Committee For Ipman
SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, (THEWILL) – The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has raised a 14-man committee within the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) to help in finding lasting solutions to the persistent fuel crisis in the country.
A statement signed by Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC on Thursday in Abuja, said the setting up of the committee followed the meeting between the Minister and IPMAN toward ending the crisis in the Association.
He also quoted Kachikwu as urging the committee to do everything possible to bring back peace to the Association at the national, zonal and depot levels.
The minister 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.
He also urged IPMAN members to see the Association as one indivisible entity and charged them to work with relevant government agencies such as the NNPC, the Department of Petroleum Resources and other stakeholders.
This, he said, would help to ensure that the prevailing fuel scarcity became a thing of the past as quickly as possible.
The National Secretary of IPMAN, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, expressed members’ readiness to assist the Federal Government toward bringing a lasting solution to the fuel situation in the country within the next two weeks.
He said that “in the spirit of reconciliation and patriotism, we have resolved to forget our differences and work together toward providing products to our
various stations across the country in order to ease the hardships of Nigerians.”
He added that IPMAN, which controlled a chunk of the market share in the nation's downstream sector, would mandate its stations to operate 24 hours service in order to ease the hardships of the people.
Also, Mr. Augustine Erhabor, another top IPMAN executive, commended the Minister for his efforts toward bringing lasting peace within the Association,
describing the development as “a new dawn in IPMAN.”
He said IPMAN would set up teams to monitor products distribution and deliveries at all outlets nationwide.
He further assured that members would get their products at official ex-depot price so that they could 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.
He urged the public to refrain from hoarding and panic buying and assured that “in no distant future, the fuel queues will vanish.
Members of the 14-man reconciliation committee include Alhaji Danladi Pasali, Mr. Dibu Aderigbe, Alhaji Abubakar Maigandi, Alhaji Hemmed Fashola, Dr Leo Nkememe, Hon. Chukwudi Fred Ezinwa and Mr. Ben Odjugo.
Others are Mr Andrew Ashiga, Igwe Ezekwesili Maduaguna, Dr Emma Ihedigbo, Comrade M. A. Shettima, Mr Augustine Erhabor, Prince I. Dunuje
and Lawson Ngoa.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have been undergoing untold hardships following the non-availability of petrol at filling stations, making people to spend more than 24 hours at petrol stations.