IPMAN raises Committee on “free flow of petroleum products”

23 March 2015, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, says its members would not allow interruption in the petroleum products supply chain in the country as it harped on the sensitivity of fuel supply in the run-up to the March 28 presidential election.
IPMAN TANKERSWith recent fuel scarcity yet to totally disappear, the association said it would work to ensure “free flow of petroleum products at all times”.
IPMAN gave these hints as its western zonal executive recently set up a caretaker committee to pilot the affairs of the association in the zone for the next three months.
The setting up of the committee followed the shift of the nation’s general elections from the original February date to March, which forced IPMAN to also reschedule its western zonal elections originally scheduled for March 24.
In a letter empowering the new committee, which was signed by the Zonal Chairman, Mr. Debo Ahmed and Zonal Secretary, Mr.  Mark Alaba Obu, the association charged members of the committee to work to ensure there are no disruptions in fuel supply.
The letter read: “IPMAN western zone hereby constitutes a caretaker committee for Ore Depot to pilot the affairs of IPMAN Ore Depot for the next three months effective from  March 13, 2015 at the first instance.”
“The Zonal Executive Council took this decision on the grounds that the IPMAN Ore Depot election had earlier been fixed for March 24, 2015 without envisaging the shift in Nigeria’s general election now slated for  March 28, 2015 and the security situation usually accompanying the period of general election”.
It added: “Nigeria is just coming out of a fuel scarcity situation and IPMAN will not allow further interruption in the supply chain.
“Your committee is hereby mandated to ensure that we have free flow of petroleum products at all times”.
According to the association, it was not ready to allow the shift in its election to put the depot administration in vacuum, hence the constitution of the caretaker committee, in line with the association’s constitution.
Also, IPMAN said the shifting of the election was in line with the judgement in the suit no HOR/21/2014 on the 23rd day of October 2014 by His Lordship Hon. Justice A. Adegoroye  of Ondo State High Court of Justice, Ore judicial division.
The new committee is headed by Akinbiola Oluwatobi Nicholas, with Olatobosan Johnson as vice chairman and Adeeso Ebenezer, secretary.

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