There was tension Wednesday in major towns in Anambra State following closure of petrol stations in the state by the Independent Petroleum Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).
The development led to sharp increase in transport fare by motorists as most residents resorted to trekking long distances to their destinations.
Reacting, Chairman of IPMAN, Enugu depot covering six states including Anambra , Mr Chinedu Anyaso said the shutting down of filling stations was to ensure compliance of members to an emergency general meeting scheduled in Awka, the state capital.
He said the meeting was to deliberate on the recent marking of about 16 filling stations in Ekwulobia, to give way for construction of proposed flyover in the area.
He however refuted claims that the development was intended to cause any harm or to further increase petrol pump price.
He said, “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 adjourning 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 was 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.”