The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has instructed its members not to pay salaries to any employees working for them unless such employees submit their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
This was announced in a statement signed by Alhaji Bashir Danmalam, head of the Kano branch of IPMAN.
According to him, it is crucial for the organisation to urge its members to fulfil their civic duties.
He stated that the instruction was issued following a meeting with Mr. Chinedu Okoronkwo, the National President of the association, who delegated him to issue the directive on his behalf.
“The association also resolved and instructed its members not to pay salaries to any subordinate employees until they submit their PVC,” Danmalam explained.
He explained that the group took the action to guarantee that all of its eligible members receive PVCs so that they may execute their civic duty by participating fully in the next general elections.
“We are not suggesting that our members vote for a certain candidate or political party. Our priority, however, is that our members receive the PVC, as without it they cannot vote or elect the proper leadership.
“Our members should be free to vote for any candidate of their choosing, regardless of their political leanings,” he stated.
The chairman of IPMAN encouraged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the PVC registration time so that many of its members who reside in areas without reliable network connection can register.
According to him, the union is prepared to open offices to expedite the registration process and has provided similar assistance to the National Identity Management Agency by providing computers for the issuing of National Identification numbers.