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.
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
“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.
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.