Members of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN in Akwa Ibom state have assured Governor Udom Emmanuel of their readiness to be part of his petroleum related department and agencies after his swearing in for a second term in 2019.
They have also promised to shut down their filling stations and join the Governor in his mega campaign in the state.
The marketers led by the state chairman, Pastor Ubong Friday Isong, said in a solidarity visit to the Governor at Government House in Uyo, that they were in active support of the Governor’s re-election.
“When the time for the mega rallies come, we appeal to you to allow us announce over the radio that the public should purchase their fuel the previous day, as they may not see the fuel stations opened on the rally day.
“We have always been in active support of your aspiration, and we urge you against being distracted by mischief makers, but rather keep up the good works you have started.”
They thanked the Governor for approving a piece of land at Ikot Abasi, after successive governments had ignored their repeated pleas and appeals, adding that the land will be used for their investments in modular refinery and Tank Farm.
The Governor’s gesture, they said, showed his magnanimity as a loving and considerate leader, adding that five consortiums from four countries have approached them for partnership in the modular refinery project.
They suggested the dredging of the waterfront linking Imo River with the Atlantic ocean, construction of a standard Jetty at Uta Ewa village in Ikot Abasi, and the speedy completion of the Ibom deep seaport project which will offer more opportunities for the teaming youth.
Responding, Governor Udom Emmanuel said their visit and support to his administration was very symbolic, coming on the first day of the ember period, assuring that most of their suggestions are already ongoing projects that would soon be visible to every eyes.
He said preliminary approval has been secured for an international jetty and the investors have carried out survey on the site at Ikot Abasi, assuring that it will be a logistics hub for the downstream markets.
He thanked IPMAN for making the product available and at competitive rate, and promised to work with the marketers to fight the scourge of adulterated products which has led to the loss of several lives and properties in the state.
While commending them on the modular refinery project, Governor Emmanuel reiterated his earlier call on the Federal Government to cite a petroleum depot in the state as the largest petroleum producer in the country.
Present at the visit was the State Chairman of the PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo, who led the petroleum marketers as well as some members of the State Executive Council
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