The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has stated the non-functional state of the Port Harcourt Refinery has pushed many entrepreneurs out of enterprise.
The physique stated this throughout the Port Harcourt Depot Unit‘s 2023 Annual General Meeting/Election held in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, the place Tekena Ikpaki, was elected as Chairman.
Speaking to newsmen, Ikpaki charged the Federal Government to rapidly full the continued repairs on the refinery.
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While noting that his administration will guarantee higher management of the physique, he suggested that the ability must be accomplished and put into use, stating that the delay was affecting companies within the space.
Ikpaki said, “We will herald new concepts into the management of the physique. We had been elected to handle the actions of IPMAN. We need to make a distinction.
“It is our sole obligation to ensure that everyone is happy, even when man’s needs are insatiable. We will strive our greatest to make sure that merchandise that may come from the refinery when it’s full will get to our members after which it will get to our communities.
“The non-functionality of the refinery has crippled loads of companies, and lots of people have gone out of enterprise. People who can’t maintain themselves with the little that’s accessible to them.
“Goods and services as we know moving from one part of the country to another is transportation and this works with petroleum products. The dilapidation of the refinery has affected movement of goods and services.”
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Meanwhile, the Zonal Chairman, System 2E of IPMAN, Prince Bobby-Ibekwe, has expressed optimism that the Port Harcourt Refinery would totally start operation in early 2024.
Bobby-Ibekwe charged the newly elected govt of the physique to make sure that members get merchandise to promote when the Port Harcourt Refinery begins operation.
He challenged the Port Harcourt Unit govt of IPMAN to make sure the safety of the curiosity of IPMAN and members of the general public to scale back the struggling being skilled by Nigerians as a result of harsh financial local weather.