In a statement signed by the National Operations Controller and immediate past National Secretary of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association Of Nigeria (IPMAN) Mike Osatuyi, the body denied being responsible for the lingering fuel scarcity in the country and commented that the false accusation which led to the misinformation emanated from one Lawson Ngoa, who claims to be the interim management secretary of IPMAN.
Osatuyi stated that the Ngoa is not a member of IPMAN but an official of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, who was sent to help resolve internal crisis in the union.
He decried the present administration’s effort to blackmail IPMAN, Osatuyi warned the public to wary of Ngoa, who is using the union’s name as a cover to defend a failure of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
He stressed that, “It is pure defamation of IPMAN’s 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’s intervention is not new”.
Osatuyi said “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 Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), had intervened in IPMAN matters without blackmailing the Association.”