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Anambra: Petroleum marketers threaten strike over multiple taxation

Petroleum products marketers in Anambra State have threatened to shut down operations in the state within 21 days if government fails to address their complaints on multiple levies and indebtedness to their members.

The operators, under the aegis NNPC Enugu Depot Community, made the threat in a communiqué issued after an all-stakeholders’ meeting held in Awka on Tuesday.

Members of the community included the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Petroleum Dealers Association of Nigeria (PEDAN), Anambra Chapter, and Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD).

The group made the threat 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 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.

They said, “At the end of the meeting, we resolved that Anambra State Government should direct the relevant agencies to withdraw all the demand notices, revert to previous arrangements 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.”

The group gave the Anambra State Governor 21 days to act on their request, threatening that anything short of that, they will withdraw their services.

In his reaction, Chief Peter Nwosu, Special Adviser to Gov. Willie Obiano on Oil and Gas, expressed displeasure at their complaints and promised to relay their message to the governor who he said would address their plights.

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