Anambra chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN) is threatening to shut down operations over a thirteen million naira debt owed to one of its members by the transport company of Anambra for three years now.
IPMAN had earlier sent a three-week ultimatum to Anambra State government to pay the debt and resolve all outstanding issues.
Chairman of IPMAN Enugu chapter, Chinedu Anayaso says the strike scheduled to start next Tuesday will not be called off until all conditions are met because IPMAN, NUPENG and petrol tanker drivers are together in the plan.
Anayaso says any member who violates the decision will be fined half a million naira during the shut-down period. During that time, no product scheduled for Anambra will be loaded. Other states like Enugu and Ebonyi under the zone will be affected.
State commissioner for transport, Afam Mbanefo says the state government is working on meeting up with the complaints.
FG Declares Oct 1 Public Holiday
It’s another Independence Day tomorrow when the country will celebrate sixty years of freedom from colonial rule. To mark the occasion, the federal government is giving everyone a day off from work.
Announcing the public holiday, minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola said on Tuesday Nigeria is the world’s leading black nation. He said Nigeria’s warmth, welcoming spirit and abundant wealth in human capital and richness of the land, makes the country Africa’s pride and beacon of hope.
He assured the nation of the government’s commitment to socio-economic transformation.
Aregbesola says the country’s independence celebration this year will be low-key because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UN Experts Call For Release Of Musician Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy
United Nations human rights experts have called for the immediate release of the young Nigerian musician who was sentenced to death by a Kano sharia court for “blasphemy.”
Twenty-two-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu got into trouble when he released on social media a song that was considered blasphemous.
The UN experts have called on Nigerian authorities to overturn the death sentence that was pronounced on Sharif-Aminu last month.
In a joint statement, the experts said they are deeply concerned over what they call “serious lack of due process in the case.”
They want the federal government to guarantee his safety and due process rights while he appeals his conviction.
36 States File Suit Against FG Over Courts’ Funding
All the states in the federation have hauled the federal government to court challenging the presidential executive order signed in May on the funding of the courts.
The states are asking the Supreme Court to declare president Muhammadu Buhari’s executive order as unconstitutional. The executive order is placing the burden of funding capital and recurrent expenditures of the State High Courts, Sharia Court of Appeal and the Customary Court of Appeal to state governments.
The states attorneys general call the president’s executive order a clear violation of the constitution that places the responsibility for funding the courts on the federal government.
The 36 states say they have been funding the capital projects in those court since 2009 and would like the Supreme Court to order the federal government to refund them.
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