The Anambra State Government has extended an invitation to the leadership of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) for a meeting to address the issue of a reported 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 a letter of appeal from the association.
In the letter, IPMAN requested Governor Chukwuma Soludo to settle outstanding payments to its members who had served as contractors for the Anambra government by supplying diesel to power streetlight generators in March and April 2022. According to IPMAN, the total debt amounted to N900,664,805.
Commissioner Nwabunwanne informed reporters that the government had acknowledged the concerns raised by IPMAN and was committed to safeguarding their business interests. However, he attributed the delay in payment to discrepancies in the contractors’ claims.
He further revealed that his office would convene a meeting with the leadership of IPMAN, the overarching organization representing marketers, to rectify the discrepancies and proceed with the settlement process.
Nwabunwanne emphasized the business-friendly approach of Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration and its determination to support and ensure the continued success of IPMAN members.
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