Reps move to avert reper­cus­sion of IPMAN, NUPENG im­passe

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, yes­ter­day, re­solved to in­ter­vene in the on­go­ing tus­sle be­tween the In­de­pen­dent Petroleum Mar­keters As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nige­rian Union of Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Gas Work­ers (NUPENG).

The House said the cri­sis, if al­lowed to es­ca­late, would af­fect the en­tire coun­try.

NUPENG Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Igwe Ach­ese, Wed­nes­day, de­nied spec­u­la­tion of a strike ac­tion by his union, in the face of the IPMAN’s on­go­ing lead­er­ship tus­sle.

“NUPENG is not on strike and we will con­tinue to sus­tain the ac­tiv­i­ties the way we are asked to do and en­sure the flow of prod­ucts,’’ he was quoted say­ing.

Con­se­quent upon this, there­fore, the com­mit­tees of Petroleum (down­stream) and that of labour were asked by the House to li­aise with the two unions and come up with last­ing ways of re­solv­ing the dis­pute.

Mem­bers of the House agreed to ven­ture into the cri­sis ow­ing to the on­go­ing na­tion­wide fuel scarcity.

They said in view of the IPMAN’s com­mand of over 10, 000 petrol out­lets, rep­re­sent­ing 1/3 of the to­tal petroleum out­lets in the coun­try, the cri­sis could worsen the cur­rent petroleum scarcity.

Rep Dakuku Peter­side (APC, Rivers), who moved the mo­tion, said there was the need for the House to call the war­ring par­ties to sheath their swords, with a view to avert­ing im­mi­nent reper­cus­sion to Nige­ri­ans.

Peter­side said: “If this cri­sis is al­lowed to de­gen­er­ate, Nige­ri­ans would, at the end of the day, bear the grunts of the cri­sis. IPMAN, NIPCO and as­so­ciates should not be al­lowed to go on with the planned strike.”

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