- The Nigerian government has said it paid out about N74 billion to oil marketers in bridging claims
- The government said it paid the money through the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMPDR)
- This comes as the Suleija branch of IPMAN claimed that the recently fuel scarcity was caused by non-payment of the bridging claims
The Nigerian government said on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that it has paid N74 billion as bridging claims to oil marketers for the movement of petroleum products across the country in seven months.
The federal government stated this as it was reacting to accusations by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), the Suleija Branch which said that the recent scarcity of petrol in parts of Nigeria was due to lack of payment of bridging claims the marketers.
Marketers and federal government agree on bridging claims
Punch reports that the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority said in a statement that the government held a meeting with marketers on the issue of bridging claims.
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According to the statement, the authority of the chief executive held a meeting on May 17, 2022, with oil marketers and discussed bridging payment at length and processes were explained and accepted by IPMAN.
The agency reassured marketers that the government will continue to make payments and outstanding claims in order to promote cohesive operations.
Breakdown of payments
In giving the breakdown of funds paid to marketers, NMDPRA said that the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria got N9,958,777, 487.24, IPMAN members got N42,302,923,616.96, and NNPC stations received over N6 billion.
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