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IPMAN To Workers: No PVC, No Salary

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, stated it will not pay its workers’ salaries until they obtain the Permanent Voters Cards (PVC).

IPMAN’s national president, Chinedu Okoronkwo had asked its employees nationwide to get their PVCs before INEC’s deadline for the registration exercise on June 30.

Likewise, a law firm, Antonio Lex Firma, last week, threatened to withhold the salaries of its employees if they do not have the PVC as part of their civic duty ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The IPMAN’s salary payment condition was released in a statement issued by the Kano chapter chairman, Bashir-Danmallam on Friday.

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Danmallam stated that the decision came in a meeting with Okoronkwo who instructed him to issue the statement.

The association found it necessary to take the measure to ensure that all its eligible members obtain the PVC to enable them to exercise their civic responsibility at the 2023 general elections.”

We are not saying our members should vote for a particular candidate or political party, but our concern is that our members should obtain the PVC, because, without it, one cannot vote.

Our members should feel free to vote for any candidate of their choice in any political party. They are at liberty to vote for candidates of their choice irrespective of which party affiliations.”

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Speaking further, the IPMAN chairman urged INEC to extend the PVC registration period to allow those living in remote areas and who do not have access to the internet to register.

IPMAN again said;
We call on INEC to consider the possibility of extending the deadline for the registration.

The union is ready to open offices to facilitate the registration as it gave similar support to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). It assisted the NIMC with computers for the issuance of National Identification Numbers (NIN).”

Danmallam urged IPMAN members to seize this opportunity and register before the expiration of the deadline.

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It then explained that besides the federal government, IPMAN “is the highest employer of labour’ in the country.”

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