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Soludo Refuses To Pay N900 million Used To fuel Anambra Streetlight Generators – IPMAN

Governor Charles Soludo has been urged by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) to settle a debt of N900.7 million owing to members by 70 contractors for fuel provided to the Anambra government in 2022.

In a letter to Mr. Soludo that was sent on Wednesday and was signed by IPMAN’s chairman and secretary, respectively, Chinedu Anyaso and Emeka Iloafor, IPMAN made the appeal.

Request For Debt Payment Of N900,664,805.00 Owed To Our Members For Diesel Supplied And Services Rendered In Respect Of Street Lights was the headline of the letter.

Soludo Used N900M To Fuel Anambra Streetlight Generators, Refuses To Pay – IPMAN

The association said that its annual general meeting in Enugu on August 24 was where the decision to get involved in the drawn-out transactions was made.


It stated that the debt related to the months of March and April 2022, which were the time frames for which they were authorised to provide services following the departure of the previous administration until being told to halt by the present government.

IPMAN pleaded with Mr. Soludo to pay the unpaid debts, which had been confirmed, in order to keep the affected members’ businesses from folding.

The government had imprisoned the marketers’ trade capital, and those who had gotten bank loans were experiencing a liquidity problem as a result of their inability to make payments.

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“We, IPMAN covering Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states, write to appreciate the good works you are doing in Anambra and commend all your efforts in making the state a livable place,” stated the letter. “Sir, we want to bring to your notice that your department in charge of paying for diesel and services on the Anambra streetlights has refused to offset an outstanding debt owed to our members. The debt is to the tune of N900,664,805 accrued for the months of March and April 2022.”

It added, “Mr Governor, our members are dying because of these debts and the banks are chasing them around to repay the loans given to them to do this business. We attach the breakdown of the debts for your records, sir.”

TonyCollins Nwabunwanne, whose office monitors the transaction and is the commissioner for local government, chieftaincy, and community affairs, said he hadn’t yet seen the letter.


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Mr. Nwabunwanne asserted that the government will take the required action and that he was aware of the transactions and predicament of the contractors.

“I am not aware that they wrote a letter to the governor. I have not seen it, but I know what they are talking about.”



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