The Federal Government on Wednesday said it paid N74bn as bridging claims to oil marketer. This is for the transportation of petroleum products across the country in seven months. It disclosed this while reacting to allegations made by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association Nigeria, Suleja Branch. They say that the scarcity of petroleum products was due to the non-payment of bridging claims.
The government, through its Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority said in a statement issued in Abuja. That the NMDPRA had earlier held a meeting with marketers on bridging claims. The statement read in part, “The authority’s chief executive had at a meeting held on May 17, 2022 with IPMAN. Its discussed bridging payment extensively and the processes explained and agreed upon by IPMAN.”
The agency that it had assured IPMAN of NMDPRA’s willingness to continue making payments of outstanding claims to promote seamless operations. Under the meeting, the NMDPRA made an additional payment of N10bn in June and sought for an upward review of the freight rate.
The NMDPRA added, “The authority wishes to reiterate that bridging payment is an ongoing process. Which gets carried out after due verification exercise by the authority and marketers. So far, the authority paid N71,233,712,991 bridging claims and another N2,736,179,950.84 freight differentials to marketers as at June 6, 2022.”
Providing the breakdown of payments made to marketers, the agency stated the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeroa received N9,958,777,487.24; IPMAN members got N42,301,923,616.96; while NNPC retail outlets got N6,661,459,118.61. It, however, noted that the NMDPRA remained committed to ensuring a safe, efficient and effective conduct of midstream and downstream petroleum operations.