The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on recently expressed its readiness to eliminate quackery among members across the country.
Alhaji Ahmed Fashola, The National Assistant Secretary of IPMAN made the plan known in an interview in Lagos.
Fashola said that many fake marketers are using the name of the association to perpetuate fraud and illegal activities which affects legitimate members.
He said that the national body of the association has come up with electronic I.D card registrations for all members.
According to him, the only way to checkmate illegal marketers in the system is to register all members electronically and collate their date into the system.
“Some illegal marketers have started using the association name to commit crime and illegal activities which DPR and NNPC found difficult to differentiate but with the electronic registration which NNPC, PPMC and DPR would have members’ lists, which will go a long way to curb quackery.
“This electronic I.D card had been operational at NNPC Depot Abuja. The registration of members is nationwide and it would attracts the sum of N3,000 each.
He explained that the association was a business membership organisation for service providers.
Ejodame said the members of the ASOEN were private practicing processionals and artisans.
He said the association would scrutinize, certify and accredit members as well as update them with current trends in their areas of specialization through training and retraining.
“Before anybody will become our member, we must know the person well, find out if he or she has the trade test certificate with experience.
“It is only people who we can stand for that will be on our website with their details,’’ Ejodame said.
He said the association, which was on its formative stage, would ensure that members provided quality services to their clients.
“With a formidable ASOEN, industrial disharmony will be done with, the fake and quackery in our individual professional groups will be eliminated.
“Also joblessness among our teeming youth will be addressed and our security enhanced.
Ejodame said members would be trained and retrained in their different professions as part of the effort to address poor quality services.
He said the association was out to promote guaranteed quality service delivery by entrepreneurs, promote national awareness and orientation on value and reward for service.
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The coordinator said the association would advise government, development partners and other stakeholders on the growth and development of service industry practices, standard, regulation and control in Nigeria.
“The association will provide a platform to articulate, assist, advise and recommend useful ideas, framework, policies and programmes to relevant stakeholders on the growth and development of service industry practices, standard, regulation and control in Nigeria,’’ Ejodame.
He said the association would ensure change in value system for services as well as quality, credibility of the services provider and durability of services rendered by members.
Ejodame said the association would address some of its challenges which were poor service delivery, resulting from poor training, absence of a common control system and regulation for service entrepreneurship business.