November 28, 2020

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IPMAN appoints ex-Bayelsa LG chair to tackle pipeline vandalism

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Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

The National Executive Council, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has appointed Mr. Bello Bina as the Bayelsa State Chairman/Coordinator of the association.

IPMAN charged Bina to ensure he tackles issues of pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft, and other criminal activities associated with the oil and gas sector through surveillance/intelligence sharing and monitoring task forces.
Bina, a prominent businessman with wide experience in the oil and gas sector is a former Chairman of the Brass Local Government Area of the Bayelsa State.

The group also approved the setting up of the Bayelsa State Steering Committee to be supervised and headed by Bina as chairman/coordinator of the command on a five-year tenure.

IPMAN called on him to oversee the affairs of the state and other parts of the Niger Delta region.

The National President of IPMAN, Mr. Chinedu Okoronkwo, while inaugurating Bina asked him and the proposed committee members to work in accordance with the mandate given to IPMAN by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okoronkwo pointed out that the appointment of the Bayelsa Chairman of the association and the approval for the setting up of the State Steering Committee was in line with the mandate given to the IPMAN by President Buhari to check all unwholesome activities in the oil and gas sector.

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He said: “You are to recommend other key members of the steering committee for an appointment and liaise with the National President and the security framework in Bayelsa State for proper coordination and synergy for the protection of oil and gas facilities in the state.

“The message is very clear; business is very old and they should embrace the new approach by the Federal Government of leaving the pipelines and getting involved in modular refineries by putting themselves into the cluster. That way, the government can now come in and put up the modular refineries for them.”

Also speaking, the National Secretary of IPMAN, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, while presenting the letter of appointment to Bello Bina, warned vandals and other criminally-minded elements in the oil and gas sector to desist from such nefarious acts or face the full wrath of the law.

He urged the state chairman to deliver on his mandate and carry everyone along in the course of discharging his duties.

In his acceptance speech, Bina commended the Federal Government and IPMAN initiative towards tackling the rising cases of oil pipeline vandalism and other crimes in the oil and gas sector, promising to face his new assignment with zeal and patriotism.