Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has debunked statement claiming that the association is responsible for the scarcity of petroleum products and that Nigerians should hold IPMAN responsible for the Scarcity.
The National Operations Controller of IPMAN and the immediate past association National Secretary, Mr. Mike Osatuyi said the statement credited to one Mr. Lawson Ngoa who claims to be the interim management secretary of IPMAN, should be ignored as he is not a member of IPMAN but an agent of the Ministry of Petroleum resources brought in to mediate in the internal crisis of IPMAN.
In a statement issued after the NEC meeting in Abuja, Osatuyi appreciated the intervention of the Minister of state for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu in resolving the internal crisis in IPMAN.
He however said that the forefathers, past presidents, leaders of IPMAN and the general members of IPMAN nationwide will not allow Mr. Lawson Ngoa who is not a marketer talk less an IPMAN member to use IPMAN’s name as a shield to defend or protect a system failure of NNPC.
According to him, “It is pure defamation of IPMAN name to go on air that IPMAN has accepted the responsibility for the scarcity of Petroleum Products and that Nigerians should hold IPMAN responsible for the Scarcity.
“Crisis in IPMAN with government intervention is not new today. Previous Government agencies have intervened in IPMAN crisis without blackmail from the agencies concerned right from the time of Alhaji Jarfau Paki, the then Special Assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Petroleum Matters. Dr. Oluwole Oluleye, the former Executive Secretary of Petroleum Product pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, had intervened in IPMAN matter without blackmailing the Association. Some former Managing Directors of PPMC had also intervened in IPMAN matter without destroying IPMAN’s name.
“IPMAN controls over 80% of the retail outlets in the country and IPMAN has partnered with previous governments to solve previous fuel crisis without damaging the association name.
“It is also on record that no member of IPMAN has voiced out against peace since this government stepped in to resolve IPMAN crisis few days ago. That is evidence that IPMAN and all IPMAN members want peace and are ready to embrace peace for seamless operation of the association administration and by extension the Nigeria oil sector.
“IPMAN don’t want any government agents, representatives, coordinators that will add more wound to the association injury or destroy the association name that was established over 35 years ago. IPMAN members nationwide have invested trillion of Naira in the Nigeria downstream oil sector.
“I am sure Mr. Lawson is not aware or knowledgeable of the gravity of his statement credited to IPMAN and Nigerians who are suffering for weeks for somebody’s system and planning failure. It is unfair statement and he has to apologize to IPMAN and Nigerians for deceiving the populace”
Osatuyi therefore asked Mr. Lawson Ngoa to answer the following questions for Nigerians: Does IPMAN issue import permit? Does IPMAN allocate forex for import? Does IPMAN involve in import planning of NNPC? Is it IPMAN that altered the 60 /40 import permit formula? Is it IPMAN that failed to carry other stakeholders along? Is it IPMAN that is responsible for Infrastructure decay of NNPC?
He however said Mr. Lawson Ngoa has no authority or mandate to be using IPMAN name to shield any of the government agencies in the Nigeria Oil Sector for any operational or administrative mismanagement.
He reiterated IPMAN’s readiness to work with the government in ensuring that products are available to Nigerians so as to deliver the promises of the government to the masses.


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