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Buhari To IPMAN: Let’s join forces and fish out oil smugglers

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES IPMAN 6. President Muhammadu Buhari (M) flanked by the Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, National President Elder Chinedu Okonkwo, the chairman of the IPMAN, Alh Aminu Abdulkadir, Obi of Awka Kingdom His Imperial Majesty Eze-Uzu 11, Dr. Austine Ndigwe, National Secretary of IPMA, Alh Danladi Fasali, National PRO, Alh Yakubu Sulami during a courtesy visit by the National Executive Committee of Independent Petroleum Markers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) held at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. FEB 1 2019.

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.

 

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