The alleged plan by tanker drivers to withdraw services across Cross River and Akwa Ibom states thereby inflicting fuel scarcity hardship on citizenry is false, the Edet Umana executive of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has said.
Recall that some stakeholders in the sector had alleged that security personnel attached to the Office of the Inspector General of Police in Abuja were incessantly harassing its members, and that tankers driver would withdraw service and shut down supply of petroleum product in the two states.
Comrade Joseph Akan, who early last week, spoke over the alleged harassment had noted that the development was coming on the heels of intervention by the national leadership of IPMAN and the state government over the leadership crisis which rocked the association.
However, the Elder Edet Clement Umana faction of IPMAN in Cross River state, weekend, allayed any fears of scarcity. Edet Umana executive is said to be the authentic leadership recognised by the Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo-led national leadership.
According to Umana, IPMAN is not embarking on any such industrial action, adding that the association had resolved all her internal issues amongst themselves with the national leadership intervening.
His words: “contrary to unfounded threats from the Robert Obi faction of IPMAN, permit me to use this opportunity to allay fears of any suspected looming industrial action suggesting that IPMAN would soon embark on shutting supplies of petroleum products to Cross River and Akwa Ibom States. There is no such disposition.
“As the authentic leadership of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Calabar Depot recognised by Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo executive, let me state categorically that my organisation is not under any form of security watch by security personnel from the office of the IG of Police. If anyone in IPMAN is trailed by the police, it is a personal matter, not one to drag IPMAN into and even threaten shut down. As law abiding members of the society, we should quietly resolve our issues civilly.
“For the umpteenth time, it should be stated that IPMAN in the state is not planning any industrial action as we had resolved our internal crisis with the intervention of the national leadership and the state government.”