Fuel consumers lament Edo IPMAN, PTD factional crisis
By Prince Okafor
THE lingering factional crisis between the Benin depot branch of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, has degenerated into a bigger spat that consumers fear could hamper fuel supply in the state.
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN)
The crisis has given rise to one of the factions led by Johnbull Asemota, a former PTD leader, while the second camp is under the supervision of one Douglas Iyike. The tussle took a dramatic twist when the national body, in solidarity with Asemota faction issued a directive to tanker drivers nationwide to halt fuel supply to the entire Edo State.
Notwithstanding the fact that the order was called off, marketers have continued to decry the activities of the union leaders in Benin who they said are not adding any value to the industry. They also called on the government to proscribe all forms of unionism around the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC depots.
A petroleum marketer in Benin, Mr. Ben Mamoud, told Vanguard that the action would cripple supply as the state relies on product from Lagos, Warri, Delta State and Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He added that the two leaders were laying claim to IPMAN leadership due to the privileges and spoils that accrue to the position. According to him, the union leaders collect product from the depot management and sell in the black market operating openly in the depot while the filling stations used to obtain the product are out of supply.