The Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN) in Anambra State, have threatened to shut down operations on August 25 across the state.

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According to the union, they are embarking on the strike because of the N13.6M being owed to Siluch Oil and Gas Limited, an IPMAN member, by the Transport Company of Anambra State.

The N13.6M is for petroleum products Siluch Oil and Gas Limited supplied to the Transport Company of Anambra State since 2017.

IPMAN had on August 4, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government, to pay off the debt, and also address other issues raised by the association.

The Chairman of IPMAN, Enugu Depot, Mr Chinedu Anayaso, while speaking to newsmen, stated that the shutdown would be total until all conditions were met.

Anayaso said apart from the debt payment, his members were resisting any form of tax/levy increase by the government, as the economy did not currently support such additional burden on businesses.

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“We are counting days, we have not seen anything that shows that the state government is treating our letter to them with the seriousness it deserves.

“We expect that they pay the young man 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 reached an agreement on,” he said.

He said that the action would be total because IPMAN, NUPENG and Petrol Tanker Drivers were together in the plan, adding that anyone who violated the order would pay a fine of N500, 000.

He also said within the period of shutdown, no product destined for Anambra would be loaded, adding sadly however, other states like Enugu and Ebonyi under the zone would be affected.