By Udeme Akpan
THE Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA), said that its Executive Secretary, Mr Joseph Eromosele has been suspended.
Addressing participants at a stakeholders forum in Lagos, Deputy President of the association, Mr Felix Ekundayo, alleged that Eromosele defrauded some foreign participants who paid to participate in its 5th Africa LPG Summit 2018 that failed to take place last month.
He said: “When we heard about the issue, we constituted an emergency meeting. Eromosele was immediately cut off from communications, and off all the platforms of the NLPGA, and disclaimers went out. The matter is being pursued by the police.”
The NLPGA’s report obtained by Vanguard which faulted the manner in which the event was organised, stated that the cancelling of the Africa LPG Summit has placed enormous financial and reputation losses on the association.
The report added: “The VIPs, including the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources whom Joseph has confirmed and asked us to pay his accommodation (suite), had no knowledge that the event was taking place. Several other speakers who were confirmed by Joseph to be on the agenda were also unaware they were on the agenda.
We highly suspect that the executive secretary of the NLPGA was acting alone and that the visas were not submitted properly to the immigration office and all the planning for the event – that we thought was in place – had not been done. As a result, we were forced to cancel/postpone the event and suffer significant costs and claims from exhibitors for cancelled flights and other costs because they had been unable to travel.
“Also, the funds which have already been transferred to Mr Joseph Eromosele, the executive secretary of the NLPGA, are at this moment unaccounted for.”
According to the report, the first and second editions of the Africa LPG Summit were held in 2014 and 2015 in Kenya; the third and the fourth took place in Tanzania, and South Africa.