The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has inaugurated the Executives that will oversee the affairs of the association in the western zone for the next five years.
Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune on the sideline of the inauguration, the National Financial Secretary, IPMAN, Augustine Erhabor, stated that the need to inaugurate new executives for the zone and the depots within the zones becomes necessary due to the new leadership at the National Body led by Chief Lawson Obasi.
“You may recall that IPMAN has now become united after the reconciliation by all factions. We now speak with one voice. There is no division in IPMAN. Members come all over the depots across the country to show unity. It is a new dawn in IPMAN, no more factions.
“No division on how products will be allocated. Nigerians will be better for it. IPMAN can now import products to augment NNPC importation. The division in the past has affected product allocation and distribution as well. You know how critical the Western zone is to products distribution. That’s why we are happy,” he said.
The newly inaugurated Chairman of the Western Zone, Alhaji Debo Ahmed assured all members that his executive members will ensure that all members are well attended to. He said no one will be left behind in moving the association forward and to ensure products allocation to all members.
The other members that were sworn in included Mr. Kunle Bamgboye, Vice Chairman and Engr. Mark Alaba Obu as Secretary as well as Alhaji Jaiyeola as Public Relations Officer, Western zone.
The Chairman, House Committee on Downstream, Hon. Joseph Akinlaja, applauded the association for ensuring that alla stakeholders are brought together to ensure unity.
“Some of us were concerned due to divisions in IPMAN. People have taken advantage of the division in your association. You may find it difficult to negotiate the welfare of your members when divided. It is important to remain united and focus going forward. I urge other members to cue into this unity all across the nation,” he said.
The Board of Trustee, IPMAN, Alhaji, AbdulKadir Aminu, argued that “anyone that tells you there is a faction is lying. The constitution recognizes a five-year tenure and the new government has come on board.” Please, give the new executives support so that they can succeed just as we succeeded. No one is perfect. No government is perfect but with its own challenges,” he said.