The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has condemned the actions of members of Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union, Eastern Region over a purported strike action.
In a press statement signed by the IPMAN’s Caretaker Chairman, Mr. Tagbo Osita Nnamani, at IPMAN’s Depot in Enugu stated that the action is illegal and an established act of economic sabotage against the Nigerian nation.
The Chairman pleaded with IPMAN members, asking owners of trucks that are driven by PTD members, to seek alternative measures to convey their products to their respective destinations, instead of allowing what he
termed antics of people operating under the guise of unionism, to advance unstructured and selfish personal business interests.
He alleged that PTD may be conveying adulterated petroleum products into the South East since it opted for strike rather than submit the products they are conveying for checks by any formally established instrument of the Federal government.
Mr. Nnamani however, reiterated that it is a routine that normal IPMAN Federal Task
Force on Petroleum Products Adulteration check products coming into any region but lamented over PTD members in Onitsha who have bluntly refused to submit themselves for the normal inspection.
THE DAILY VENDOR gathered that the routine check became necessary after President
Muhamadu Buhari mandated the National President of IPMAN, Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo, to checkmate the petroleum products adulteration, illegal bunkering and crude oil theft.
Meanwhile, the Port Harcourt Zonal Chairman of Petroleum Tankers Drivers Union, Mr. Peter Modebelu, noted that PTD embarking on strike was borne out of excessive extortion of money from the drivers who alleged to have authorization from the Anambra State Commissioner of Police.
Mr. Modebelu equally added that the Police Commissioner had since denied giving the authorization when contacted by the union, THE DAILY VENDOR reports.