South West Zonal chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) yesterday dissociated itself from the purported nationwide strike directed by leadership of the association over an alleged invasion of its national secretariat by security operatives late last week.
IPMAN South West zone has directed its members to ensure hitch free business activities at all the depots in the region, saying their members must ensure all petroleum filling stations across the zone dispense petroleum products to prospective customers and guarantee a hitch free of supply and distribution of Petroleum products across the region.
The IPMAN chairman in the zone, Alhaji Dele Tajudeen Lamidi, who spoke with journalists yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital said this position of his association at boycotting the directive of its national leadership is premised on the ground of serious reasoning which could resulted in a devastating effects on the economy of the country as a whole.
Lamidi explained that IPMAN leadership in the South West zone is not unaware of the economic hardship which Nigerians, particularly residents of the zone are currently going through and as such, would not want to further compound the situation by aligning with the directive.
IPMAN Zonal chairman, who was apparently reacting to a statement credited to IPMAN’s National Public Relations Officer (PRO), Yakubu Suleiman in a press interview, expressly declared that the South West zone would not be a party to inflicting fresh hardship on the people of the zone by shutting down the petroleum distribution and dispensing channels.