The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN has denied reports that some of its members had threatened to embark on nation-wide strike over alleged imbalance in the sharing and distribution of petroleum products to marketers.
In a statement issued at the weekend by the National Operations Controller of IPMAN, Mike Osatuyi and made available to newsmen in Lagos said “IPMAN has not given any ultimatum on impending strike”.
Osatuyi said that the association informed that some pocket marketers who were not members of IPMAN are mis-leading the general public over IPMAN’s intention to embark on nation-wide strike.
According to him, “Our attention has been drew to a media briefing on AIT by some pocket marketers parading themselves as IPMAN members, calling for nationwide strike over petroleum product sharing formula.
“The national body did not plan any strike action.
“We, the national body of the union are not planning to embark on any strike, because we don’t have any issues with the government whatsoever. I appeal to Nigerians and all independent marketers to go ahead with their normal business and avoid creating panic buying in the society,” he said.
He lauded the leadership of NNPC over petroleum distribution formula, adding that IPMAN has not been in any way slighted in the present sharing and distribution formula.
“Independent marketers were given the opportunity to buy products at government approved ex-depot price which enables us sell at government approved pump price of N86.50 per litre.”
Osatuyi commended NNPC over petrol intervention scheme given to marketers to argument distribution, urging government to make the product available to marketers.
He commended the steps taken by President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for greater efficiency.
He said that the measures inspire hope and confidence in the future of the nation.
The IPMAN operations controller applauded Dr Ibe Kachikwu, `a renowned oil industry expert with the needed global exposure, competence and integrity as Group Managing Director of NNPC.
He said it was important for all IPMAN members to show-case what government was doing about special intervention petrol supply to marketers which came to stations at no extra cost.
According to him, the Federal Government, through NNPC/PPMC, should be lauded for these special schemes.
“The only way to ensure total eradication of queues in the country is when this intervention of petrol supply is sustainable.
Osatuyi, however, urged NNPC/PPMC to ensure sustainability of the product so that marketers could sell at approved price of N86.50 per litre.
He said the commitment of government in this regard was a clear demonstration of its readiness to partner with IPMAN on effective fuel distribution.
It will be recalled that some groups who identified themselves as IPMAN members on Friday, December 15, issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC to regularise the present formula or risk stoppage of operations.

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