Reps move to avert repercussion of IPMAN, NUPENG impasse
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.”