Petroleum merchandise entrepreneurs in Anambra State have threatened to close down operations within the state inside 21 days if authorities fails to deal with their complaints on a number of levies and indebtedness to their members.
The operators, below the aegis NNPC Enugu Depot Group, made the risk in a communiqué issued after an all-stakeholders’ assembly held in Awka on Tuesday.
Members of the group included the Impartial Petroleum Entrepreneurs Affiliation of Nigeria (IPMAN), Petroleum Sellers Affiliation of Nigeria (PEDAN), Anambra Chapter, and Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD).
The group made the risk in a communiqué signed by Mr Chinedu Anyaso and Mr Emeka Iloafor, Chairman and Secretary respectively of IPMAN, Enugu Depot, Chief Cletus Okafor and Mr Peter Jideani, Chairman and secretary respectively of PEDAN and Mr Charles Ezeme and Mr Oliver Ekwueme of PTD Enugu Unit.
The petroleum sellers stated they’ve been harassed by completely different companies of presidency below Internally Generated Income who distribute numerous demand notices for taxes and levies to their members towards the present agreed phrases they’d with authorities.
They stated, “On the finish of the assembly, we resolved that Anambra State Authorities ought to direct the related companies to withdraw all of the demand notices, revert to earlier preparations already in place and cease harassing our members.
“Authorities ought to attain out to the Police authorities to cease forthwith the harassment and assaults on our petrol stations and advise them to give attention to their surveillance on states and places the place petroleum merchandise are loaded.”
The group gave the Anambra State Governor 21 days to behave on their request, threatening that something in need of that, they are going to withdraw their providers.
In his response, Chief Peter Nwosu, Particular Adviser to Gov. Willie Obiano on Oil and Fuel, expressed displeasure at their complaints and promised to relay their message to the governor who he stated would tackle their plights.