Fuel scarcity caused by IPMAN strike
As members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) in nine Northern states began a three-day warning strike over the non-payment of their bridging claims totaling N70 billion, there are fears that a new gasoline shortage may affect the nation.
On Monday, September 5, Abdulkadir Mustapha, a representative of IPMAN in Borno State, made the statement.
He claimed that the refusal to fulfill their claims was causing their team members immense difficulty and that failure to do so would lead to an ongoing strike and the closure of all gas outlets.
News outlets quoted Mustapha as saying that members of the group would go on strike in Borno, Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, Benue, Plateau, Gombe, Niger, and Sokoto.
Mustapha requested that the Federal Government step in and pressure the NMDPRA to pay all understanding claims in order to prevent an indefinite strike that could affect fuel distribution throughout the northern region.
“As a result, we decided to suspend our services at the depots for three days at our meeting in Kano State.
“As previously agreed, all products lifted must now be resolved or paid for within the allotted time frame of 30 days.
If this is not done, all of our depots and filling stations in the northern region would have their services permanently suspended.
“Although some payments have been made, less than 5% of our claims have been paid, the majority of the claims have not yet been resolved.
Furthermore, no payment had been made for this year’s claims, and 2019 and 2020 are still largely underpaid.
“For years, we have been following and lobbying the management of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) regarding our unsettled bridging claims amounting to N70 billion to no avail.
“As peace loving association, we urge the authorities to settle or pay all the unsettled claims. We cannot be lifting fuel from far South to the North without being paid.
Our decision to go for the warning strike is to draw the attention of authorities to take action that why we didn’t shut down our outlets not to cause unnecessary hardship to the citizenry.”