Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed government readiness to create citizens’ complaint number, to avail residents anywhere in the State, the opportunity of reporting issues of harassment, intimidation and extortion.
Prince Abiodun disclosed this when he received in his office, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), South West Chapter, saying his administration remained an investor friendly government.
He said tanker drivers and Independent Petroleum Marketers were valuable investors in the State and his administration would do everything to support their investment, assuring that, ‘’we will not allow you to be harassed, intimidated or be extorted by anyone, under any guise”.
The Governor while appreciating IPMAN for lifting the industrial action, noted that his administration would do all in its capacity to ensure that they have the deserved freedom to operate in the State, noting that this complaint number was essential, so that any unruly behaviour could be reported appropriately and the affected person can get required help.
In his remark, the South-West Zonal Chairman, IPMAN, Mr. Dele Tajudeen, expressed displeasure on harassment from the Joint Task Force comprising the Customs and the Military, calling for sincerity on the 20km setback for petroleum products in the border areas by Federal Government.
“The Governor has addressed the issue and has promised to put a stop to it, we appreciate him for lifting the ban on the supply of petroleum products to the State, pending final resolution of the issue.
“Since the closure of the border, government came up with a policy that supply of petroleum product should stop at a distance of about 20km to the border but there is no demarcation. As at today, nobody can say where the 20km is. I think, if government wants to be sincere, there should be a sign indicating where the 20km starts from, so that taskforce will not be taking advantage of that”, he said.