By Nsan Ndoma-Neji, Calabar
Factional chairman of the Calabar Depot of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Robert Ob, yesterday, at the inauguration of a new executive pledged to run an open door administration where all members of the association will be carried along.
Obi promised to keep the doors of his new office open to all, irrespective of social status and class.
The new chairman made the pledge while speaking with newsmen at the end of the association’s Annual General Meeting, AGM, which took place in Calabar on Monday.
He stressed that although the Calabar branch of IPMAN is faced with certain challenges, which he is sure that he and his team will surmount within a short space of time.
Obi said, “We are fully aware we have been given a serious mandate and we have the capacity to surmount these challenges.
“We are not going to run a one-man business because it’s so challenging, we need the support of all to return our business back to where it was.
“We solicit the support of stakeholders, including the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD; Petroleum Station Workers, PSW; Independent Marketers Branch, IMB; and Oil/Gas Workers, OGS, not to leave us behind, but to join hands with us for the success of the organisation.”
He solicited the support of members to enable the new team bring out their best in order to turn around the fortunes of the association.
Insisting that the new executive council under his watch shall do everything within its reach to ensure that the association is lifted to greater heights, the new chairman called on others outside the team to join hands with the 12-man exco in order to move IPMAN forward.
Also speaking, the chairman of the electoral committee, Sir Michael Udofia, stated that owners of the depot’s filling stations and other stakeholders have come together to elect a new leadership.
In his remarks, IPMAN National Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Debo, who was represented by Udofia, IPMAN’s National Legal Adviser, said that with this new exco, a permanent end has come to the challenges faced by the Calabar Depot chapter of IPMAN.
He charged the new executive to work together as a team, as team work remains the surest way to achieve success.