A lingering fuel scarcity has hit Anambra State as Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has embarked on a strike action to protest the recent demolition of some stations by the government.
Residents in the state have been subjected to serious hardship as they are forced to walk long distances due to the unavailability of fuel consequent upon the strike action by the marketers.
The state government had recently demolished some fuel stations which were deemed to be sited too close to residential areas.
Some members of IPMAN, while reacting to the demolition, accused the government of malice, insisting that the demolition was carried out maliciously.
A petroleum marketer, who preferred anonymity said the marketers embarked on the strike to press for compensation for their colleagues whose petrol stations were destroyed in the course of the demolition.
He said: “Our pain is that the affected filling stations were built with government approval, but this government has demolished them on the excuse that they were sited close to residential areas, not minding that the owners of the filling stations obtained approval and paid to the government before building them.
“We are asking for compensation for our members over the demolition of their properties,” the source said.
Meanwhile, the State Director of DSS, Yusuf Isyaku has invited the leadership of IPMAN and representatives of government for a resolution, although petrol stations in the state are still not functional as at press time.