Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has reached a deal with the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on how to contain the lingering fuel crisis across the country.
He spoke on Thursday while playing host to all stakeholders within the IPMAN hierarchy to his office at the NNPC Towers, Abuja.
The Minister raised a 14-man committee and charged them with the task of doing everything possible “to bring back peace to the association at the national, zonal and depot levels.”
The Minister, who called on all members to see IPMAN as one indivisible entity, also charged them to work with relevant 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 on the outcome of the meeting, the National Secretary of IPMAN, Alh. Danladi Pasali expressed the group’s readiness to assist the Federal Government towards bringing a lasting solution to the fuel situation in the country within the next two weeks.
Specifically, 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 added that 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 in order to ease the hardship on Nigerians.
Echoing similar sentiments, Mr. Augustine Erhabor, another top IPMAN executive said 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 called on members of the public to refrain from hoarding and panic buying, assuring that in no distant future, the fuel queues will vanish.
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