Barely hours after it announced the order to its members to shut down their fuel depots by Sunday midnight, as the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria suspended the shutdown of operations.
The suspension was announced in a statement issued by 1.20am on Monday by the Mr Olufemi Adewole, Executive Secretary, DAPPMAN.
He highlighted that the earlier order was issued following the enduring indebtedness of the Federal Government to its members.
“However, following the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians including the National Assembly, as represented by the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and constructive engagement of the Federal Government team by the labour unions most affected by the disengagement of our personnel, namely, PENGASSAN, NUPENG, NARTO, and the PTD, DAPPMAN has resolved to recall its disengaged personnel for five days to give the FG’s team the opportunity to conclude its process of paying marketers the full outstanding of N800bn with the first tranche being the amount already approved by the Federal Executive Council,” Adewole said.
He said the association had acted in good intentions to avoid needless hardship which could befall fellow Nigerians during the yuletide season.
He stated, “We hope that government would make good its promise to see that those issues are resolved by Friday, December 14, 2018 as promised.
“To this end, our disengaged personnel would be recalled on Monday, December 10 and considering the reactivation time or hitherto shutdown system, all depots with fuel stock should be fully active same day.”
According to the Executive Secretary, the conclusion of the debts payment would restrain the continuing wastage of public funds as interest accumulating on the over N800bn debt.
“DAPPMAN depots are, therefore, advised to commence loading operations immediately and await further notification in respect of our long overdue payment.”