05 April 2016, Lagos — The lingering leadership crisis of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, for nearly two years, has contributed maximally in the current petroleum product scarcity.
The rivalry between two IPMAN national factions has crippled the importation and distribution of petroleum products in Nigeria especially by the members of the independent marketers who control about 80 percent of the fuel distribution network.
In his resolve to end the current fuel scarcity, the petroleum minister, Ibe Kachikwu has inaugurated IPMAN Reconciliation/Interim Management Committee to resolve crises which have a bearing on the petroleum scarcity.
The Secretary of the Committee, Lawson Ngoa in a statement yesterday heaped the blame for the petroleum product scarcity on the doorstep of leadership tussle in IPMAN. He further stated that the minister is completely innocent of the petroleum products scarcity as he inherited the crises ridden petroleum sector.
Engr Ngoa further stated that IPMAN accepts all responsibility for the difficulties suffered by Nigerians while agreeing that IPMAN is now ready to commence distribution of products following reconciliation brokered by the minister.
With the increase in the percentage of product to IPMAN and other incentives made available by the federal government through the minister of petroleum, the fuel scarcity will end in weeks.