The government of Anambra state has requested a meeting with IPMAN’s top brass to discuss the association’s members’ claims of owing more than N900 million to diesel supply companies.
On Thursday in Awka, in response to the association’s appeal letter, Mr Tony Collins Nwabunwanne, Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy, and Community Affairs, made the following statement.
In the letter, IPMAN had pleaded with Gov. Chukwuma Soludo to reimburse its contractor members for the diesel they provided to power generators for Anambra’s streetlights in March and April 2022.
IPMAN estimated the total owed to be N900,664,805.
Nwabunwanne assured the media that the government had heard their concerns and would do all it took to safeguard their enterprises.
However, he explained the holdup by saying that disputes between contractors were to blame.
The commissioner has stated that his office will meet with the IPMAN leadership to settle the differences in the numbers.
Since it is apparent that IPMAN’s leadership does not have accurate information on our dealings with the contractors, I have invited them to a meeting early next week to discuss the matter.
In order to settle these differences and go forward, we must have this meeting.
He assured company owners that “the administration of Gov. Chukwuma Soludo is a business friendly one and will do all that is possible to support and help them stay in business.” (NAN)