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Marketers alert Nigerians to prepare for worst fuel scarcity

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has asked Nigerians to prepare for the worst fuel crisis, unless the Federal Government paid them their outstanding bridging claims worth over N500 billion.

Bridging claims is the cost of hauling petroleum products from refineries and depots to fuel stations in the hinterlands.

The IPMAN Chairman in Kano State, Bashir Danmalam, made the remarks while addressing a news conference in Kano State on Monday.

He urged the Federal Government to prevail on the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), to settle the outstanding debt.

Danmalam said: “NMDPRA is responsible for the payment of bridging claims otherwise known as transportation claims

“For failure of the NMDPRA to pay the outstanding claims for about nine months, many marketers cannot transport the product because their funds are not being paid. Despite the high price of diesel, they manage to supply the petroleum products nationwide.

“The resurfacing of fuel queues in Abuja is just a tip of the iceberg with regard to the petroleum scarcity.

“Out of 100 per cent, only five per cent of the marketers can supply the petroleum products because of the failure of NMDPRA to pay them.”

We are not agitating for a transportation fee increase, we are only clamouring for payment of our bridging claims that is over N500 billion.

Danmalam noted that after the amalgamation of DPR, PEF, and PPRA to NMDPRA, the agency had paid them only two times.

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to intervene before the situation degenerated into a serious fuel crisis and spread to other parts of the country, adding that the scarcity in Abuja is just the tip of the iceberg.

“As leaders, we have to come out to say the truth because our members are suffering from the failure of the agency to pay the fund. This Petroleum Equalisation Fund is our own money we contribute to each litre. This agency is doing more harm than good to us,” Danmalam said.

He said Nigerians should not blame their members for the fuel scarcity but rather ascribe it to NMDPRA.

“We are not agitating for a transportation fee increase, we are only clamouring for payment of our bridging claims that is over N500 billion,” he added.

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