Members of Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN) in Anambra State have threatened to shut operations.
On August 4, the body gave a 21 day ultimatum to the Government to pay the debt of N13.6m owed to one of them by the Transport Company of Anambra State (TRACAS) since 2017.
According to Chinedu Anayaso, IPMAN chairman (Enugu depot) the strike would begin on the 25th of August.
“The strike is in solidarity with Siluch Oil and Gas Limited, an IPMAN member, being owed N13.6 million for petroleum products it supplied to Transport Company of Anambra State (TRACAS) since 2017.
“Apart from the debt payment, we are against tax/levy increase as the economy did not currently support additional burden on businesses. We are counting days as we have not seen anything that shows that the state is treating our letter to it seriously.
“We expect the government to pay Siluch Oil and Gas his money, withdraw all cases against our members for refusing to pay the levies we did not agree on, and revert to the annual unified levy we agreed on. The action will be total because IPMAN, NUPENG and Petrol Tanker Drivers are together. Anyone who violates the order will N500,000 fine.”
However, Mrs. Edith Madukasi , the Managing Director of TRACAS, has confirmed that she was told on assumption of duties that Siluch was owed but declined further comment. She insisted the commissioner will speak on the matter.
While Afam Mbanefo, Commissioner for Transport,also said that;
“I have looked at the transactions …and this N13.57 million debt was presented. IPMAN leadership had also visited … I did a review with TRACAS and requested more information about the …procedures, gathered documents and have raised a memo to the governor,”