The Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has called on the Federal Government and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria to reach a resolve.
IPMAN’s President, Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo, made their intentions known an address with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos.
“Although the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had assured the public that there would be no shortage in fuel supply,” Okoronkwo said.
He stated that an industrial action by PENGASSAN would eventually lead to a negative effect on the nation’s oil and gas industry.
“They are very important in the value chain of distribution and supply of petroleum products and nobody should underrate their importance.
“The government should listen to them and find a common ground because a lingering strike by them is not good for the industry,” he added.
Okoronkwo, however, described IPMAN as an association and not a trade union and he stated that they would continue to render its services to ensure that petroleum products get to the final consumers.
PENGASSAN had previously been on a seven day industrial action for the government would give in to their demands.
The demonstration came right after both parties had a disagreement over the registration of PENGASSAN members on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
The union’s President, Mr Felix Osifo, in a communique released on Wednesday said, “their meeting with the government was inconclusive as their demands were yet to be addressed.”
Osifo also accused the federal government of not attaching importance to the committee that was set up to look into the matters of unpaid arrears, as government negotiators did not turn up for meetings.