IPMAN begins strike over alleged extortion

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Suleja/Abuja unit has threatened to embark on industrial action over alleged extortion by officials of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) as from Monday.

Chairman of the unit, Alhaji Yahaya Ahman Alhassan, who stated this in a chat with journalists on Sunday, also said the DPR request for daily transaction records from filling stations is another bone of contention.

According to Alhassan, “IPMAN has no alternative other than instructing our members not to load from Suleja Depot in Niger State to express our frustration after all efforts to make DPR officials desist from unethical practices failed.”

He added that, “IPMAN Suleja/Abuja Unit needs explanation from DPR concerning demand for daily sale activities from filling stations,” adding that, “these issues have to be resolved before we can commence lifting of products from the depot.”

Similarly, secretary of the unit, Alhaji Raji Munir, said “a situation whereby the regulatory agency of federal government is engaging in unethical practices is most unfortunate.”

In this vein, Raji said he aligned himself “whole heartedly in support of the strike with a view to addressing our grievances.”

He also said the IPMAN monitoring team will “be fully on ground throughout the unit to ensure compliance during the strike.”