TRANSPORTATION activities
were paralysed in Ado Ekiti,
and other towns in Ekiti State
yesterday as members of the Petrol
Dealers Association of Nigeria,
PEDAN, closed down their
facilities to protest government’s
policy on revocation of certificate
of occupancies (C of Os) granted
to them in the state.
The group in a joint action
specifically condemned Governor
Fayose’s alleged revocation
placed on all the members on a
radio and television programme
banning the construction of filling
stations in residential areas, even
by those that had got the approval
for such project before now.
The petroleum dealers which
commenced an indefinite strike
yesterday, said they would not
resume until government met all
their demand by lifting the order
placed on them in the state and
apologising to them over
vulgar languages which the
governor used on them.
At a press conference jointly

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addressed by Nigeria Union
of Petroleum and Natural
Gas Workers, NUPENG, and
PEDAN in Ado Ekiti, they
insisted that government
cannot afford to be punishing
his members while also
owing them N80million,
being supplies made on diesel
and petrol to government by
members.
The statement signed by
PEDAN’s Chairman, Owoeye
Ayodele , Secretary, Alhaji
Suleman Akinbami and
NUPENG Chairman, Comrade
Jegede Olumide, called for
immediate reversal of all the
new levies and taxes imposed
on them by government.
The statement, which was
read by Alhaji Akinbami said:
“I have been in petrol business
for 30 years and the first time
Ekiti had fire incident was the
case of January 8, 2017 at Strive
Energy Petrol station at Ijigbo
in Ado Ekiti.
“As I speak with you,
victims had been compensated
contrary to what the governor
said that each of them got
as low as N10,000. About 18
of the victims have received
compensations .
“So, we are not even ready
to go on strike until when Mr
Governor appeared on radio
and television on Sunday
where he incited the public
against us and called us
thieves. Is it a crime for us to
invest in Ekiti. What have we
done wrong to warrant these
abuses?” he asked.
Akinbami, who articulated
the positions of the body,
demanded that “Apart from
the foregoing, we want
Governor Fayose withdraw
case against our member and
owner of Strive Energy Petrol
Station and we want the ban
placed on the operation of the
station be lifted.
“Government must ensure
that the released armed robbers
who attacked a petrol station at
Ilawe Ekiti are apprehended
and brought to justice.
.We totally reject inciting of
public against our members
by Governor Fayose and we
demand public apology for
this,” he said.
Fayose, who said his
government won’t back down
on its policies said:
“We are not owing them
anything. My government
didn’t owe them it was
Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s
administration that owed
them.
“Let me just ask, why did
they wait till they were owed
such huge amount of money?
I have nothing to pay them
because I am not owing Them,”
Fayose said.

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