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Fuel marketers say FG owes them N250billion in subsidy arrears for 2014
Members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria and Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, MOMAN, have said the Federal Government owes them N250bn in subsidy arrears on petrol for 2014.
The figure was said to comprise N95bn in foreign exchange differentials and accumulated interests from banks, while N155bn was the real subsidy arrears.
Executive Secretary, MOMAN, Mr. Femi Olawore, speaking in Lagos on Tuesday, said the announcement of the reduction of the pump price of petrol to N87 from N97 per litre was surprising to the operators as no details were given by the Federal Government before and after the reduction took effect.
He said, “The Minister of Petroleum Resources has directed that a committee be set up to look into the current margins. It is the right of the minister to announce a decrease or increase in the pump price of petrol according to the Petroleum Act.
“We don’t object to the N87 price, though it came to us as a surprise. So, we had to meet with the government yesterday (Monday). We had a meeting with the Department of Petroleum Resources and Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency. We do not object to the N87 and we will comply.
“It is a good thing that the N10 decrease is on the ex-depot price. If it was from our own margin, we won’t be able to comply.”
According to him, the current dealers and marketers’ margin of N4.60 per litre on the product was not adequate and they would seek an upward review of the margin.
He added that for the past two years, the marketers had been requesting for a review of the margin from the government, since it was last reviewed in July 2007.
Olawore said the last payment of N166bn that the government made to the marketers was a part payment of the 2014 subsidy claims.
The increase in the margin, according to him, does not necessarily have to bring about a rise in the pump price of petrol as the government can decide to reduce its own take.
On why some marketers had not reverted to the new price regime, Olawore said engineering work in some filling stations were contracted out and that getting the contractors to come fix the fuel dispensing machines would take a little while.
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