07 March 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMA) has said its members would no longer continue with laying off of staff over N650 billion owed petroleum marketers.
In a statement signed by its chairman and executive secretary, Prince Dapo Abiodun, and Olufemi Adewole on Monday, the group said it decided against cutting down workforce after series of “constructive engagements and meetings” with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, the Ministry of Labour, the Presidency and the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).
DAPPMA had earlier issued a 14-day ultimatum to the federal government over the debt.
According to the statement, marketers have been “reassured” of the federal government’s commitment to make the payment as evidenced by the request for approval for appropriation of same to the National Assembly.
Consequently, DAPPMA/MOMAN said they have called off the 14-day ultimatum to the government.
The association said: “We use this medium to plead with all our staff under the various umbrella unions: NARTO, PENGASSAN, NUPENG/PTD to please bear with us whilst this approval for appropriation by the NASS is being deliberated on and processed, which we believe will not exceed two weeks in view of the adverse implications of any delays.
“All marketers are to ensure there is no disruption in the supply and distribution of PMS nationwide.
“We thank all Nigerians for their understanding and support in many forms as always”.