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N13.5m debt: Fuel scarcity looms in Anambra as Petroleum marketers issue govt 14-day ultimatum

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N13.5m debt: Fuel scarcity looms in Anambra as Petroleum marketers issue govt 14-day ultimatum

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN), Enugu Depot Community has given the Anambra government a 14-working days notice to fulfill its own part of the agreement between them or face shutdown by marketers in the state.

The ultimatum for was contained in a two page pre-action notice signed by Mr Chinedu Anyaso and Mr Oliver Ekwueme, Chairman and Secretary respectively of IPMAN Enugu Depot to Gov. Willie Obiano.

Anyaso who made the letter available to journalists in Awka on Wednesday said copies had been submitted to Police, Director of State Services, NSCDC and other security agencies in the state.

The association said the notice took effect from March and would elapse on April 8.

IPMAN frowned at the delay of the state government to pay one of its members, Siluch Oil and Gas, the sum of N13.5 million for Automotive Gas Oil he supplied to it through the Transport Company of Anambra since 2017.

The marketers also expressed displeasure over the refusal to provide the necessary document for a parcel of land it allocated to them for Petroleum Tankers Park in the state as contained in the MoU they entered in August last year.

According to IPMAN,  in line with our previous letters which gave rise to an elaborate meeting between your government and representatives of IPMAN  which yielded a joint communiqué dated Aug.4 with Ref. No. ANS/SSG/M.4301/T.1/105.

“We most humbly state that we are deeply worried over what appears to be an intentional renege on your promise to off-set the debt worth of N13,570,175 being the value of AGO our member, Siluch Oil & Gas Ltd supplied to your government.

“That we appreciate your government once again over the designated parcels of lands for the petroleum tankers park in Anambra.

“We however, wish to most humbly and respectfully draw your attention on the need to execute necessary documents including issuance of C of O to your ministry of transport, execution of Government presence at the designated premises.

 “Others are final inter-face with your government over the revenue generation from the park and official handover for further development and utilization for its purposes.

“In the light of the aforementioned, we considered it pertinent to humbly draw your attention on the need to expedite action within the stipulated period for the interest of justice on our member mentioned above.

“We have resolved to use our necessary measures that borders on withdrawal of our services to your state in order to sensitize your government to do the needful within the time,” it stated.

Reacting, Special Adviser to Obiano on NUPENG Petroleum and Union Matters,

Chief Peter Nwosu, said government had received the letter and was working to avert the threat by IPMAN.

He said Obiano had given approval for the land but they were waiting for Ministry of Lands to make it available with necessary documentation while the Ministry of Transport was handling the indebtedness to Siluch Oil Ltd.

IPMAN had threatened to shutdown operations in Anambra over the issues on two occasions in 2020 but were prevailed upon to shelve the action by Anambra government which promised to address their demands.

Profile: From Ozuitem, Bende Local government Area of Anambra State. Political science (B. Sc) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka & Business Administration (Diploma) from the University of Calabar. Email him at elekwachinedum@yahoo.com

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