FG’s Debts: Depot Petroleum Products Marketers Association To Sack Staff

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President Buhari
By;  IBRAHIM ADAMU, Kaduna
Under pressure from debtors, the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN), has appealed to the Federal Government to pay up debts owed its members to prevent them from taking measures that may affect the country’s economy.
DAPPMAN expressed this in a letter dated February 20, 2018, addressed to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
According to the letter, signed by its Executive Secretary,  Olufemi A. Adewole, the group said they will be forced to embark on massive sacking of staff, yo reduce debt burden of borrowing to pay them salaries.
The letter was also copied to the Vice President, Senate President, Speaker, and 10 others.
Read full unedited copy of the letter below:
Ref: DS/ES/16.
20th Feb. 2018
Dr. Emmanuel Ibe-Kachikwu,
Hon. Minister of State, Petroleum Resources,
Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources,
NNPC Towers, F.C.T,
Abuja.
Dear Hon Minister,
Re: OUTSTANDING SUBSIDY INDUCED DEBTS OWED
PETROLEUM MARKETERS: NOTIFICATION OF FORMAL
DISENGAGEMENT OF STAFF DUE TO OUR INABILITY TO
CONTINUE BEARING THE COSTS ALONGSIDE INTEREST BURDEN:
ACTION PLAN REMINDER!
Sir, Subsequent to our letter ref: DS/ES/Presidency/16 dated 24th Jan, 2018 and copied to you (as attached), we again observe a lack of response, on the part of the Federal Government, to the plight of petroleum marketers, many of which have become financially insolvent.
We are continually under pressure by, our banks/AMCON, with looming threats of imminent take-over of our petrol stations & Tank Farms and other creditor labour unions, NARTO/PTD to whom we are substantially indebted due to past freight services.
In the light of the fore going, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) members do not have any other option open to us to forestall increasing debt burdens of borrowing to pay staff than to immediately commence massive staff disengagement as earlier forewarned in our letter of 24th January, 2018, where we had, in the light of the above and after exhausting all formal avenues to secure payment of these debts, alerted the Federal Government, via a 21-day notice to the likelihood of disengaging personnel; a last resort to curtail spiralling borrowings and interests in the effort to meet salary obligations to underutilised personnel.
The unfortunate primary fallout of this step is the likely shut down of all DAPPMAN depots nationwide due to lack of man power to operate same pending the time the Federal Government will pay off its indebtedness to petroleum marketers. This unfortunately will have a multiplier effect on the nationwide supply and distribution of petroleum products which presently is still a struggle.
This letter serves as a fresh 14-day reminder from today and an opportunity for the Federal Government tiers and its agencies to speedily approve and pay off its remaining subsidy era indebtedness to all our members and indeed all petroleum marketing companies.
Whilst we would remain expectant of Federal Governments positive response and financial instruments to offset the debts owed, please accept the assurances of our highest regards.
Yours faithfully,
Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria
(DAPPMAN)
Olufemi A. Adewole
Executive Secretary
cc: The Vice President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
cc: The President of The Senate,
Federal Republic of Nigeria,
National Assembly Complex,
FCT, Abuja.
cc: The Hon. Speaker,
House of Representatives,
Federal Republic of Nigeria,
National Assembly Complex,
FCT, Abuja.
cc: The Chief of Staff to Mr. President,
Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
cc:  The Director,
Department of State Services,
Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, FCT
cc: The Hon. Minister of Finance,
Federal Ministry of Finance,
Central Business District,
Herbert Macaulay Way, Abuja, FCT
cc: The Hon. Minister of Labour and Productivity,
Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity,
Federal Secretariat, Shehu Shagari Way,
Abuja, FCT
cc: Group Managing Director (GMD)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
NNPC Towers
Herbert Macaulay Way,
Central Business District, Abuja
cc: COO (Downstream)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
NNPC Towers
Herbert Macaulay Way,
Central Business District, Abuja
cc: The National President,
Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria,
PENGASSAN.
National Secretariat, Lagos.
cc: The National President,
Trade Union Congress,
National Secretariat, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.
cc: The National President,
National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers,
NUPENG.
National Secretariat, Lagos.
cc: The National President,
National Road Transporters Union,
National Secretariat,
Abuja.

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