The Anambra State Government has extended an invitation to the leadership of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) for a meeting regarding their claim of a debt exceeding N900 million owed to contractors who supplied diesel. Mr. Tony Collins Nwabunwanne, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy, and Community Affairs, made this announcement in Awka on Thursday in response to IPMAN’s appeal letter.
In the letter, IPMAN implored Governor Chukwuma Soludo to remit payments to members who had acted as contractors for the Anambra government, providing diesel to power streetlight generators in March and April of 2022. According to IPMAN, the outstanding debt amounts to N900,664,805.
Nwabunwanne informed reporters that the government has acknowledged their grievance and is committed to safeguarding their business interests. He attributed the delay to discrepancies in the claims made by the contractors. The commissioner stated that his office will engage with IPMAN’s leadership, which serves as the representative body for the marketers, to rectify the figures and facilitate a resolution.
“I have arranged a meeting with the leadership of IPMAN for early next week to discuss this matter. It is evident that they do not possess accurate information regarding our transactions with the contractors; there are inconsistencies. Therefore, the meeting will provide an opportunity for us to address these disparities and proceed to the next stage. The administration of Governor Chukwuma Soludo is one that prioritizes business interests and will make every effort to support and ensure their continuity,” he affirmed.