President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN for ensuring the availability of petroleum products throughout the year 2018.
He has also commended the association for planning to establish a refinery, which he says will further help to boost the supply of petroleum products across the country.
The President made the remark on Friday, when he hosted the Executive Council of IPMAN at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said: Let me sincerely thank you for the significant support and contribution you have made in the year 2018 by ensuring that Nigerians have adequate supply of petroleum products throughout the year.
I am particularly happy to note that you have used your large network of petrol retail stations across the nooks and crannies of this country to distribute petroleum products substantially. I am told that your members in many instances, went beyond the call of duty, to support the NNPC and other government agencies in ensuring products are adequately available for our citizens especially during the festive seasons
I am also very pleased to hear that your members are planning to invest in the refinery and petro chemical facilities this clearly shows that IPMAN, like the All Progressives Congress APC is also planning to move to the next level. I want to assure you that this administration will fully support this investment which aligns with Nigeria's energy security agenda.
The President called on the association to collaborate with government to find a lasting solution to the smuggling of petroleum products by those who do not mean well for the country.
As I commend you on the successes you have recorded so far, I also want to ask you to continue to support the government in ensuring petroleum products meant for Nigeria are not illegally taken out of the country. We all know that this smuggling of products out of Nigeria is a threat to our national economy and security and must be stopped. To the IPMAN leadership, I want to ask you to fully collaborate with Government by exposing those members who participate in these illegal activities.
I therefore want to urge all members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria to remain committed to complying with the laws and regulations that govern the Nigerian oil and gas sector, he said.
The President thanked IPMAN for the support and confidence shown in the current administration, as he pledged to continue to do his best for Nigerians.
On his part, President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Chinedu Okoronkwo, who thanked the Nigerian leader for the opportunity to meet with him, commended him for providing the enabling environment for the smooth flow of petroleum products across the country, since he assumed office in 2015.
We want to thank you immensely for all your support to the oil industry which has made it possible that in the last three years we have not witnessed the incessant fuel scarcity which had dogged previous administrations. This is indeed an indication of your managerial capability, sagacity and experience, he said.
Okoronkwo declared that the entire IPMAN structure in all parts of the country had since endorsed President Buhari for a second term of office, to enable him continue the good work he has started.
By virtue of this, I want to assure you our dear President that all members of our great association are solidly behind you � one hundred percent and are unshaken in our resolve to ensure your re-election. In the same vein we are committed to ensuring that this good work continues as we pledge our own contributions to ensure the continuous free flow and distribution of petroleum products across the country without any hitches.
It is on record that before your emergence, petroleum products distribution was a big racket riddled with highwire scam and decadent corruption. The perennial fuel scarcity was the noticeable symptom of this malaise. But when you came on board that evil network of graft in the sector was dismantled and the nation is better for it as there is unhindered products availability year round.
This new working environment is inspiring more investment by IPMAN members and we are further emboldened to establish a refinery in the near future with your support, the IPMAN President stated.
Source: Voice of Nigeria