By Jude Michael
The Independent Petroleum Association of Nigeria IPMAN, on Wednesday morning shut down filling stations in Anambra, causing panic in major towns in the state.
Many motorists hiked their fare as a result of the development, while most residents of the state resorted to trekking.
The Chairman of IPMAN, Enugu depot, covering six states, including Anambra, Mr Chinedu Anyaso, said the shutting down of filling stations was not intended to cause any harm or to further increase pump price of petrol as being speculated by some people.
Anyaso who spoke to Trinitas on the phone, clarified that the shutting down was to ensure that all its members complied in attending an emergency general meeting scheduled in Awka.
He said the emergency meeting was to deliberate on the recent marking of about 16 filling stations in Ekwulobia to give way for the construction of a proposed flyover in the town.
‘16 filling stations were marked for demolition in Ekwulobia axis by the Anambra State Government to give way for the proposed construction of a flyover and adjoining roads in the area.
‘Our members are willing to comply, there is need for the government to reach an agreement with them as regards to compensation because the facilities are the only source of income to the owners.
‘We have written to the Anambra State Government over the development, but are yet to receive a reply, hence the meeting, which is to discuss on how to further engage for the overall interest of its members and the motoring public,’ Anyaso explained.