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Fuel Scarcity: IPMAN threatens strike action over unpaid claims

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Adamawa/Taraba chapter, has threatened to embark on strike, if the Federal Government failed to promptly pay their outstanding bridging claims.

IPMAN’s Chairman, Alhaji Dahiru Buba, made this known on Tuesday, while briefing newsmen on its members’ grievances, which border on the high cost of diesel and fuel scarcity in both states.

Alhaji Buba said the timely payment of members’ bridge allowances would enable them to promptly supply petroleum products to every nook and cranny of the two states and the entire country at large.

“We understand that it is few of our members that are receiving their payments. For example, if you are expecting N100 million claim, they will give you N1 million and ask you to wait for the balance.

“Some of our members were frustrated because of such payments, which resulted in some members parking their trucks. This is due to the fact that the price of diesel is very costly, that is, worth N800 per litre.

“We have now decided to give a one-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay us at least 50 per cent of our claims or to embark on strike,” he said.

The IPMAN boss noted that the association had been facing the challenges for the past 11 months, and called on the Federal Government’s immediate intervention to resolve the crisis.

Buba, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government to double its efforts towards ensuring that petroleum products were refined in the country and also grant them licenses to supply diesel from Niger Republic.

According to him, this would help to cut production cost and ease the hardship faced by the people of the country. Similarly, the National Association of Transport Owners (NATO), Adamawa chapter, has appealed to the Federal Government to urgently address the high cost of diesel in the state or they embark on strike.

Chairman Adamawa chapter of the association said, Alhaji Auwal Ibrahim, stressed that it was high time for government to address the problems, which had lingered for some time.

He said that waybills were no longer paid on time, while the prices of vehicles, spare parts, tyres and diesel were on the increase. These, he said, had led to an increase in the prices of commodities in the market.

Ibrahim also appealed to government to pay at least 50 per cent of the NATO members’ waybills and provide affordable diesel.

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