IPMAN urges Fed Govt to pay subsidy claims to marketers
National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Aminu Abdulkardir yesterday attributed the fuel scarcity to the failure of the Federal Government to pay petroleum marketers nine months’ outstanding subsidy claims.
He urged to the Ministry of Finance to pay the marketers.
Aminu spoke in Abuja during the expanded national executive and zonal coordinators’ meeting.
The National President said: “The non-payment is partly, quarterly, Quarter 4 completely not paid and we are quarter 1. Our national consumption today is being supplied by the NNPC. And it is only that 50 per cent of NNPC product that is in circulation.
“They have stepped up their supply trying to do what every stakeholder is supposed to be doing, but it is evidently clear that they alone cannot do it.
“I, therefore, use this medium to appeal the Ministry of Finance, as a matter of urgency, to intervene and pay marketers accordingly, so that the argumentation of this shortfall can be achieved in a short while so that this scarcity will be a thing of the past.”
He added: “We are being owed Q3 subsidy payment, which is last year, another Q4 and Q1 pilling up to about nine months unpaid subsidy to marketers. We need to be paid this money because we are in business.”
Asked to comment on the allegations of products’ diversion by marketers, the IPMAN president noted that “the diversion is not illegal”.
Aminu explained that the products were not diverted to another country but still being sold to Nigerians within Nigeria.
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