The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has pledged its support for the Federal Government’s policy on the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) to deepen the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and AutoGas Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
National Secretary of IPMAN, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, said the resolution was taken after the association’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting held in Kano. Pasali said that the IPMAN board of trustees and Central Working Committee deliberated on critical issues relating to the operations of the association in the downstream sector, and recommended collaboration with stakeholders. He added that IPMAN was also in support of the proposed deregulation of the downstream sector of the Nigerian economy.
“IPMAN is in support of the quick passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by the National Assembly, with the inclusion of IPMAN representatives on the board of all relevant agencies, to protect the interest of members and the public. “IPMAN will support the Petroleum Equalization Fund Management Board (PEFMB) and efforts should also be made to collaborate with its members in funding the gas expansion programme.
“IPMAN would also support the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) as it relates to the Downstream Remote Monitoring System (DRMS), especially as it recognizes the Nigeria Legal Diversion of Petroleum Product (NLDPP) with licensed IPMAN members, and stop illegal diversion,” Pasali said. He said the association also called on the DPR to support IPMAN with marginal oil fields, to enable it to construct modular refineries.