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Petroleum marketers resolve rift with Uzodimma, to begin lifting of products

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
16 September 2021   |   3:03 am
Petroleum marketers, under the aegis of the Tanker Drivers Association of Nigeria (TDAN), have directed their members to suspend the strike they embarked upon in the past week

Gov. Uzodinma

Spokesman clarifies resignation from Imo PDP

Petroleum marketers, under the aegis of the Tanker Drivers Association of Nigeria (TDAN), have directed their members to suspend the strike they embarked upon in the past one week and begin lifting and supply of products in the Southeast.

The directive followed a resolution by a 15-man committee set up by the Imo State Government to resolve all issues of the association in the state, which led to the strike.

Governor Hope Uzodimma, yesterday, set up the committee of seven from the government and eight from the petroleum marketers after meeting with the marketers at Government House, Owerri.

While the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Cosmas Iwu, led the six members from the government side, Chief Billy Harry G., led the other seven members from the petroleum marketers union.

The committee isolated three key areas of concern for discussion, including demolition of the petrol station, revenue collection and activities of some government agencies after which they resolved to call off the tanker drivers’ strike.

On the demolition of the petroleum station in Orlu, it was resolved that the committee should visit the station to access the extent of damage and advise the government on the appropriate compensation to be paid.

Earlier, Uzodimma had in a meeting appealed to the association to end the strike, especially as Imo people were suffering.

He solicited their understanding that Imo people were already going through harrowing experiences, occasioned by insecurity, inflation, and other challenges, and that they should have a rethink.

The governor appealed to the association to see the citizens as their brothers and sisters and not use their strike against the government, else it would be misinterpreted as a political witch-hunt and sabotage.

MEANWHILE, spokesman of the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ogu Bundu Nwadike, has officially announced his resignation from the position and membership of the party, saying his decision was personal.

In a letter dated September 14, 2021 and addressed to the state Chairman, Charles Ugwu, he disclosed that his decision was done in good faith after due consideration and consultation with members of his family and political benefactors.

Nwadike, who was former Special Assistant to immediate past Governor Emeka Ihedioha, also thanked the leadership of Imo PDP for the opportunity to serve the party.

“This is to formally inform you of my decision to resign from my position as state Publicity Secretary of PDP in Imo State. My resignation takes effect from the date of this letter”.