Cross River govt lifts ban on IPMAN activities

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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The Cross River government has lifted the suspension of the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) in the state.

In a statement signed by Christian Ita, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade, the suspension was lifted after series of dialogue between the factions within IPMAN and a government constituted team, set up to settle the dispute.

According to Ita, the state was appreciative of the decisions by the factions to amicably resolve the crisis.

“Following the lifting of the ban, government now recognizes Mr. Robert Obi as the interim chairman of IPMAN Calabar depot Unit. The Government, therefore, appeals to all the parties involved in the leadership dispute to join hands in the effort to find lasting solution to the matter,” he stated.

In a reaction, Sanusi Fari, who is the National President of IPMAN, expressed appreciation to the government for “its conscientious efforts towards resolving the lingering crisis and subsequent recognition of Prince Robert Asue Obi as Interim Chairman, pending the conduct of another elections”.

Fari, in a statement, indicated that the emergence of Robert Obi as interim Chairman was in line with the relevant sections of the 1997 IPMAN Constitution and due to the expiration of tenure of the immediate past chairman, Mr. Lawrence Agim.

“I wish to state that the Cross River Government did not appoint anybody as Interim Chairman of IPMAN, Calabar, but only obeyed the judgment of the Federal High Court in Calabar of 19th June, 2019 through recognition of the Chairman, I, Sanusi Fari, the National President of IPMAN appointed.”

“The prompt response to the yearnings of the independent marketers in Cross River and Akwa Ibom States by the state governments has not only restored normalcy, but improved the effective and efficient distribution of petroleum products in the areas,” noted Fari.

He therefore called on stakeholders including the National Union of Petroleum and Natural  Gas Workers, NUPENG, Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, International Maritime Bureau, IMB and Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO to support to resolve all disputes within the association.

It would be recalled that the Cross River government suspended the activities of IPMAN one month ago sequel to the prolonged internal leadership tussle, which nearly crippled the economy of the state.

Peace PIAK