Petrol Marketers write Governor Soludo again over N900M debt owed its members in Anambra State

By Chidi-Ebere Moneme (South-East Nigeria).

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has called on Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State to pay #901 Million Naira debt owed its members for the supply of Automative Gas Oil for powering street- lights in the state.

Chinedu Anyaso and Emeka Iloafor, Chairman and Secretary of IPMAN Enugu depot community made the call in a reminder letter to Governor Soludo.

The letter was entitled : Re : Request for debt payment of #900, 664, 805 : 00 owed our members for Diesel supplied and services rendered in respect of Street- lights.

A copy of the letter which was made available to Journalists on Monday said,

“Months after returning generators in their custody as directed, as a condition for the payment, the Anambra State government led by Governor Soludo was yet to honour its promises.

The marketers said the affected members could no longer remain in business as they were under a heavy burden of debt to their banks and their staffs, some of whom had been laid off.

According to IPMAN, “We humbly request once more for the payment in respect of the above subject matter.

“Your commissioner for local government, chieftency and community Affairs wrote to us that our members that were owed these debts were with-holding government generators.

They have since returned and reported back to his office since December 2023.

We have not heared from the governor since then, and our members are seriously and heavily indebted to banks and individuals who are threatening them on a daily basis.

“Kindly intervene to save the situation, as we are ready to always co- operate with your government for its success”, he said.

It would be recalled that IPMAN had in September 2023 made payment of the debt owed to about 70 members who operated as contractors in the street-light project of the Anambra State government, before the government terminated the contracts to migrate to Solar powered street- lights.

Mr Tony Ifeanyi, the Anambra State Commissioner for petroleum, said government was handling the issue and that it would be settled soon.

According to the Commissioner, “We are talking with them, it will be sorted out soon”, he concluded.

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