New IPMAN exco vows to end fuel scarcity

Nigeria of­fers to help set up road safety agency for S/Leone

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu By Mau­reen Onochie

The new ex­ec­u­tive of the In­de­pen­dent Petroleum Mar­keters of Nigeria (IPMAN) has vowed to end the cur­rent ‘ar­ti­fi­cial’ fuel scarcity across the coun­try.

Speak­ing dur­ing its in­au­gu­ral meet­ing and as­sump­tion of of­fice in Abuja yes­ter­day, IPMAN Pres­i­dent, Chief Law­son Obasi said the days of dry pumps in fill­ing sta­tions were over.

He said the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the au­then­tic ex­ec­u­tive have freed the in­dus­try from the grip of the ca­bal that “held it hostage in the last 14 years” through the di­ver­sion of prod­ucts al­lo­cated for the var­i­ous mar­keters which re­sults in ar­ti­fi­cial scarcity.

Obasi pledged to sup­port Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan’s re­form of the down­stream sec­tor.

“We will en­sure that prod­ucts reach Nige­rian In­de­pen­dent Petroleum Com­pany (NIPCO) Ltd, our commercial arm. Wher­ever tank farms are lo­cated we will en­sure our mem­bers get to those venues to en­sure prod­ucts avail­abil­ity,” he said.

A Federal High Court in Port Har­court had on March 20 ruled that Aminu Ab­dulka­dir had ex­hausted his two tenures of three-years each as na­tional pres­i­dent of IPMAN and there­fore or­dered him to va­cate the of­fice in line with the con­sti­tu­tion of the union.

Mean­while a se­nior of­fi­cial of the Na­tional Union of Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Gas Work­ers (NUPENG) NUPENG has con­firmed that the union planned to em­bark on strike on Mon­day over the IPMAN lead­er­ship cri­sis.

Com­rade Ben­neth Korie told news­men at the end of the IPMAN in­au­gu­ra­tion that NUPENG shelved the pro­posed in­dus­trial ac­tion fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion of the Ab­dulka­dir to step down. Nigeria is pre­pared to as­sist the govern­ment of Sierra Leone to set up a road safety agency like Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Corps Mar­shal of the com­mis­sion Osita Chi­doka has said.

Speak­ing when he paid a cour­tesy visit to the Pres­i­dent of Repub­lic of Sierra Leone, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma in Freetown, Chi­doka said it was im­por­tant to have a safe and ac­ci­dent-free road to pro­tect lives of cit­i­zens.

The road safety boss who is also the pres­i­dent of the West African Road Safety Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WARSO) urged other African coun­tries to em­u­late Nigeria in the es­tab­lish­ment of a road safety com­mis­sion.

The Sierra Leonean Pres­i­dent Koroma said it was only when the sub-re­gional roads are free and safe that trade and tourism could be boosted among mem­ber coun­tries as en­vis­aged by the ECOWAS’ Pro­to­col on free move­ment of goods and per­sons within the sub-re­gion.

He ap­pre­ci­ated the road safety cam­paign go­ing on in the re­gion say­ing “our coun­try is in full sup­port of your road safety cam­paigns. And let me par­tic­u­larly thank Nigeria for its readi­ness to pro­vide Sierra Leone with tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance that would en­able us build a func­tional road safety agency like you have in the coun­try.”

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