The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has urged Nigerians to disregard the threat by some marketers in the South-East zone of shutting down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu.
Mr Edet Umana, IPMAN Chairman, Cross River, made this known in a statement on Saturday, August 13, in Lagos.
Umana denounced the purported threat of shutting down the depots due to alleged police harassment by some marketers in the zone.
He maintained that IPMAN members in the zone were not interested in causing further disruption; particularly in the supply of petroleum products following the challenges faced recently across the country.
Umana said: “The leadership issue of IPMAN has been settled by a Supreme Court judgement delivered in Abuja on Dec. 14, 2018.
“The judgment read by Justice Musa Muhammad in suit No. SC15/2015 recognised Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and Alhaji Danladi Pasali as National President and Secretary of IPMAN respectively.”
According to him, acting on this judgment, the police has invited some persons in the Southeast; claiming to be a faction of IPMAN for a meeting over the issue.
Umana said the move was directed by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Usman Baba; adding that it was aimed at finding a lasting solution to the leadership tussle.
He said their failure to obey the judgment of the court prompted the intervention of the police; based on the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami.
Umana enjoined IPMAN members to go about their respective businesses without any fear of intimidation.
He said the association would continue to support efforts of the Federal Government; especially to ensure smooth supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has criticised the Nigerian Governors Forum’s recommendations to the Federal Government on how to save the country from economic collapse.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba said this in a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and made available to newsmen on Friday, August 12, in Abuja.
It was alleged that the governors had proposed the elimination of PMS subsidy/under-recovery estimated at N6-7 trillion.
They had also proposed the early retirement of civil servants from age 50 and above and the implementation of the reviewed Oronsaye Report which suggests ending the financing of the government’s budgetary expenditures.
The governors also proposed putting a final stop to fuel subsidy, eliminating NNPC’s federation-funded projects, capping Social Investment Programme (SIP) and National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy budgets at N200 billion among others.