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NLC warns oil marketers against strike

04 April 2014, 13:50

Lagos - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) against shutting down petrol stations and unleashing pains on Nigerians for purely personal aggrandisement.

NLC in a statement issued by its President, Abdulwaheed Omar, said reports of an impending strike by members of IPMAN was uncalled for given the fact that the issues raised by the oil marketers were not tenable.

Contrary to reports, the congress affirmed that members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) at NIPCO were not on strike.

According to the NLC, “While it is not true that NUPENG members at NIPCO are on strike, the issues in contention at NIPCO are basically about an attempt to fiddle with internal democracy within the leadership of IPMAN resulting in the refusal of the outgoing president to accept to leave office after the expiration of his tenure.”

The second issue, the congress explained, was the refusal by members of NUPENG at NIPCO to accept the continued payment of petroleum subsidy to members of IPMAN who do not supply any petroleum product anywhere in Nigeria.

It insisted that the marketers have absolutely no reasons to close down fuel stations as there are no issues of national interests in dispute.

“Indeed, there are no issues in dispute, if any, it is the determination of members of NUPENG to fight corruption which has become extremely pervasive at NIPCO whose facilities are used by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to store and distribute petroleum products across the country.

“No marketer, hiding under personal interests, should be allowed to further deepen the sufferings of consumers through the unwarranted closure of fuel stations anywhere in the country.

For months running, we have lost several hundreds of man-hours as a result of non-availability or scarcity of petroleum products, especially it emphasised.

“Petroleum marketers should not make themselves an enemy of the Nigerian people by unleashing further hardships through their proposed action under the pretext of a strike.

"Strike actions should not be so cheaply abused,” the congress added.

-    NAN

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