Marketers threaten to halt fuel supply in North-West States over N40bn debt


Gusau Depot of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has threatened to cease transporting petroleum products within Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, and portions of Katsina state.

Yahia Kamba, zonal chairman of IPMAN, stated that the threat arose as a result of the Federal Government’s failure to pay the N40 billion owed to IPMAN members.

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According to Mr. Kamba, the payment is determined by importation and transportation claims spanning up to eleven months.
According to him, the federal government has violated the agreement reached with the organisation.

“It is not a subsidy,” Mr Kamba said. “We, the marketers, contributed the funds. We must pay a certain price per litre of fuel purchased from the government. Simply for the nation to have uniform pump prices.

“We contributed this money similarly to how retirees contribute theirs. Therefore, there is no justification for anyone to claim they lack funds. We are requesting a contribution.

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“According to our agreement, the Ministry is obligated to pay us every week; when you transport this product, you should be paid within a week; however, we are now counting months.” We have accumulated eleven months. The payments have ceased as of June 2021.”

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