Port Harcourt – The Rivers State Indigenous Petroleum Marketers Association, RSIPMA, has vowed to tackle the problem of hoarding and scarcity of petroleum products in the state.
This was the pledge made by the newly-elected leadership of association, which is expected to pilot the affairs of the association for the next three years.
The elected chairman of the association, Mr. Mr. Remaoba Obelengechu, in his acceptance speech, promised to work diligently to ensure adequate distribution of petroleum products in the state.
Obelengechu lamented that despite the presence of 17 tank farms in the state, products were still difficult to come by, especially to the indigenous filling station owners.
“I promise Rivers State that it is going to be a new dawn, the era of scarcity of products is gone.
“Products is going to be made available in the state and Rivers state will grow to compete with its contemporaries. And in the oil and gas downstream sector, Rivers marketers are going to lead.
“I am a man of exemplary leadership and I promise that I am going to work with everybody. I solicits for the support of everyone.”
One of the newly-elected officers, Princess Ogosu, speaking on behalf of other elected executives, expressed confidence on the ability of the newly chairman to live up to his promises.
She pledged that the other executives will work closely with him and ensure that the union moves forward.
“It couldn’t have been any better person than Obelengechu. He’s a strong hand, I have worked with him in the time past and he has never disappointed me.
“He is a person that has the interest of the oil marketers at heart, so I believe he will move the association forward.
“I will also call on other committee members to join their efforts with him to make sure that the association is carried forward.”
Besides Obelengechu and Ogosu, other elected officers are Chris Ubani, vice chairman, Charles Nnua, Secretary and Worlu Anokuru, treasurer.