Anambra: Petroleum downstream operators give  21 days  to Obiano to agencies to order or risk shut down

Anambra: Petroleum downstream operators give 21 days to Obiano to agencies to order or risk shut down

 Operators of Petroleum downstream sector in Anambra  state have given  governor Willie Obiano  a 21 day ultimatum to   call its agencies to order to stop harassing them  or risk total shut of petroleum supply in the state.
They said  various government agencies  have been  intimidating and harrsaing them with   multiple levies .
The operators under the aegis of NNPC Enugu Depot Community issued the warning in a statement issued at the end of  all stakeholders’ meeting held in Awka on Tuesday.
Members include the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria (PEDAN), Anambra Chapter, and Petroleum Tanker Drivers(PTD.
The statement was 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 dealers said they have been harassed by different agencies of government under Internally Generated Revenue who distribute various demand notices for taxes and levies to their members against the existing agreed terms they had with government.

“At the end of the meeting, we resolve that Anambra government should direct the relevant agencies to withdraw all the demand notices revert to previous arrangement already in place and stop harassing our members.“Government should reach out to the Police authorities to stop forthwith the harassment and attacks on our petrol stations and advise them to focus on their surveillance on states and locations where petroleum products are loaded.
“Your Excellency Sir, we are expecting that government act on the above demands within 21 working  days to avoid leaving us with no other option than to call for withdrawal of services of our members as we cannot continue to operate under the present environment,” the satment added. 

The Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Oil and Gas Mr Peter Nwosu  who  expressed displeasure at their complaints, promised to relay their message to the governor for appropriate  action.
Nwosu who is also a patron of the group said Anambra would  continue to provide conducive business environment for the group, saying   that the governor would not allow the state to shutdown.

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