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Fresh Fuel Scarcity Looms In North As IPMAN Begins Warning Strike

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The Suleja Depot Branch of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has commenced a three-day warning strike.

The strike might be lead to the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol in Abuja, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger and neighbouring states.

IPMAN members embarked on strike on Monday to express their grievances against the Federal Government’s continued indebtedness to oil marketers concerning the payment of fuel transportation costs, otherwise called bridging claims.

The Chairman of IPMAN in Suleja, Yahaya Alhassan, said marketers had stopped the supply of products from the depot.

He further stated that the union had prevented trucks from moving PMS to the northern states.

According to Alhassan, marketers will withdraw their service until the Federal Government settled their outstanding bridging claims of N50.5bn.

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Alhassam noted that the three-day warning strike would go on if the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority fails to remit the money.

He said, “The Petroleum Equalisation Fund has not paid our money. We have N50.5bn (to be paid by PEF) and because of that, we are withdrawing our services.

“At the expiration of the warning strike on Wednesday, if they (NMDPRA) fail to pay us, the stoppage of supply would continue indefinitely.”

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