THE Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, (IPMAN), Enugu Deport Unit, has raised alarm over a possible explosion of fully loaded petrol tankers on the borders of Anambra State.
The association has therefore called on the State governor, Willy Obiano, to curb the antics of the state’s anti-COVID-19 security operatives at various borders in the state, which has led to unnecessary delays of the vehicles of their at the boundaries in order to avert tragedy.
Reassured that petroleum products are under the essential goods list, the association, in a letter, “Action That May Likely Lead to Serious Fire Outbreak within Anambra Borders: An Appeal for Your Intervention,” the group implored the governor to look into the actions of the security operatives who, mindlessly delay their fully loaded petroleum tankers for several hours.
In the letter, they warned that allowing loaded tankers to gather in traffic in that manner could cause an avoidable and tragic fire outbreak at the border posts.
The letter, signed by the Chairman of the IPMAN, Chinedu Anyaso and the Secretary, Emeka Iloafor alleged that the security operatives were extorting money from the tanker drivers before allowing them to pass under the assumption of controlling and inspecting vehicular movements at various borders because of COVID- 19.
According to the statement noted, the group requested the governor’s “immediate intervention by ordering the security operatives to create an easier accessible opening for the smooth passage of our trucks to avoid any eventuality.”
In the letter, Anyaso stated: “We are fully in support of your desire to ensure that Anambra State is COVID-19 free, but it will not be a good story if anything happens at any Anambra borders that may lead to an fire outbreak because of the volume of petroleum products that are held at these spot, especially at the Onitsha Bridge Head and Amansea; Awka and Amorka, on the Enugu/Onitsha expressway.”
The IPMAN, Enugu Depot Unit jurisdiction extends beyond Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states to Imo, Abia, Kogi, Benue, Cross River states.