By Muhammad Tanko Shittu
National Secretary Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Alhaji Danladi Garba Pasali, has said the planed nationwide strike by NUPENG would not hold.
Pasali stated this yesterday while fielding questions from journalists at his Jos residence.
He said the agitation for the strike was borne out of the non-payment of petroleum equalisation funds to members by the NNPC.
“The federal government will hold a stakeholders meeting on Monday (today). I know that the government will intervene and there will not be any strike,” he said.
Pasali stressed that IPMAN had similar problem of non-payment of the petroleum equalisation funds, which, according to him, is making the independent marketers having difficulties in the importation of the petroleum product.
“We have issues with the nonpayment of our outstanding bills of the petroleum equalisation funds owed us by the big importers and the NNPC, is ranging to about N156 billion.”
He said though the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari had intervened, “yet the situation is still there unresolved,” urging the NNPC to consider their demand and settle the outstanding bills.