The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has threatened to drag the management of Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA to court over what it described as false claim that it paid N74 billion haulage fee to the marketers.
The NMDPRA, had Wednesday said It had paid marketers N74 billion within the past seven months.
In a swift reaction to the claim, IPMAN, through its Chairman, Northern chapter, Bashir Danmalam said the claim was not true as their members were not paid, unless the payment was made to the “ghost marketers”.
In a press conference in Kano on Thursday, Danmallam
challenged the management of the NMDPRA to come up with the names of all the marketers who were paid to prove their claims.
He threatened to sue the agency for announcing the payment of the haulage claims while it had not been paid to the members of the association.
“I’m surprised to hear the story on payment of the N74 billion claims by the Chief Executive of the agency, Faruk Ahmed Maishanu. Either he was misinformed or he does not know what is happening in the place.
“Who and who were paid the money? I know some of the marketers who are being owed N10 billion each. So for him to say that the agency paid N74 billion to marketers is not true.
“So, we can only agree with the said payment if the money was paid to “ghost marketers” or if it is part of the rejected waybill.
“The Federal Government should sack this man because he is not competent to hold such a sensitive position in view of the fact that he doesn’t know what is going on there,” he said.
He noted that the inability of the agency to settle the marketers transport claims amounting to about N500 billion was responsible for the persistent fuel shortage being experienced in the country.
Danmalam said based on the investigation conducted by IPMAN, It was discovered that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC had recently released over N70 billion to the agency to pay marketers which had yet to be paid.
He lamented that before now, their members were being paid their claims within one or two months as against the present system of payment.