From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The four years leadership crisis, that rocked the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Kaduna State Chapter has been laid to rest as new executives will were elected to head the affairs of the Association.
The newly elected leaders of the association are; Bala Usman, Chairman, Ehizogie Solomon, Secretary, Bello Jega Vice Chairman, Auwal Rimi, Treasurer, Ahmed Yerima, Financial Secretary, Garba Salisu Auditor and Emmanuel Olayiwola, Public Relations Officer among others.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after their inauguration at the popular Rancher’s Bees Stadium Kaduna, the new Chairman, Alhaji Bala Usman called on the aggrieved members of the association to join hands with the new executive in the interest of the association’s members.
He said his election will by the grace of God mark the end of independent petroleum marketers’ hunger and suffering.
According to Usman, “Today is a day of freedom for independent petroleum marketers in Kaduna Unit. We thank Almighty God for giving us the opportunity to conduct this election. We also thank the Governor of Kaduna State, the Inspector General of Police, the AIG who came to supervise this election and the Commissioner of Police.
“We know the problems on ground. Kaduna marketers were dying of hunger. Our members don’t have pension, we don’t have gratuity. We only depend on marketing of petroleum products, but nothing was happening; we don’t get products. But now, change has come.
“For those aggrieved, I want them to come back and let us join hands together in the interest of our members, if truly they have the interest and they are fighting for the association. So, as far as we are concerned, no more faction, IPMAN is now one.
“Now that we have come on board, we ensure justice is done in the Depot, because there was no justice; a marketer was not being treated as a marketer, but now, everything will come back to the standard way of doing things, by God’s grace”, he assured.
Similarly, the new Secretary of the association, Ehizogie Solomon expressed appreciation to the association’s members for the mandate given to the executive and promised that every member would be carried along and given sense of belonging.
Meanwhile, immediately after the election, the new executive led members of the association to open its secretariat at the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), which has been under lock and keys since past four years.