President Muhamamdu Buhari on Friday, urged members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), to join forces with the Federal Government and fish out oil smugglers.
“We all know this illegal smuggling of products out of Nigeria is a threat to our national economy and security and must be stopped, he said while receiving National Executive Committee of, IPMAN, led by the National President, Chinedu Okoronkwo on a courtesy call, at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“I therefore want to urge all IPMAN members to remain committed to complying with the laws and regulations that govern the Nigerian oil and gas sector,” he said.
Buhari commended members of the association for their contributions in ensuring Nigerians have adequate supply of petroleum products throughout last year
This is even as he assured IPMAN of his administration’s support on their quest to establish a refinery in the country.
“I am also very pleased to hear that your members are planning to invest in refinery and petrochemical facilities. This clearly shows that IPMAN, like the APC, also has plans to move to the ‘Next Level’,” he said.
Earlier, Okoronkwo, announced that the organization had at its meeting prior to the journey agreed to endorse President Buhari for a second term
He noted that IPMAN controls about 80 percent of investments in the downstream sector of the oil industry, has over 50,000 members across the country with more than N2 trillion investment in the oil industry
“Mr. President, let me assure you that we are ready to work more closely with you to summount other hurdles in the industry as we have great confidence in your inspirational leadership.
“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 bid
The IPMAN boss commended the Buhari’s administration support to the oil industry which has led to the elimination of fuel scarcity that dogged previous administrations.
“This is indeed an indication of your managerial capability, sagacity and experience.