The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has advised the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) not to embark on their proposed nationwide strike.
According to the NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar, in a statement he issued on Thursday in Abuja, the oil marketers should desist from provoking Nigerians by embarking on frivolous strikes due to personal interest.
The Labour boss said the marketers had no reasons to close down fuel stations as there were no issues of national interests in dispute.
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He said: “There have been media reports of an impending strike by members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).
“This is under the pretence that members of NUPENG are on strike at the Nigeria Independent Petroleum Company, (NIPCO), a company owned by IPMAN.
“While it is not true that NUPENG members at NIPCO are on strike, the issues in contention are basically an attempt to fiddle with internal democracy within the leadership of IPMAN.
“This is resulting in the refusal of the outgoing president to accept to leave office after the expiration of his tenure.
“The second issue is the refusal by members of NUPENG at NIPCO to accept the continued payment of petroleum subsidy to members of IPMAN who do not supply petroleum product in Nigeria.
“The concern by members of NUPENG against those who believe they can continue to receive subsidies for the supply of petroleum products even when they supply nothing cannot be considered a strike.”
Umar urged the authorities and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to take immediate measures to ensure the threat by the marketers to close down petrol stations was nipped.