Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, DAPPMA, has denied reports that its members shut-down of depots and facilities which resulted in the recent fuel crisis in the country.
DAPPMA Executive Secretary, Olufemi Adewole, yesterday in Lagos said that contrary to the erroneous stories and messages being bandied about, it was the Petroleum Tanker Drivers arm of NUPENG and NARTO, who normally transport these products from marketers’ depots, that embarked on the strike action following their publicized complaints of not being paid their legitimate outstanding transportation claims by marketers who participate in the PSF Scheme as a result of being owed huge reimbursement for PMS (Petrol) imports to date.
According to him, “We have maintained that we would sell and load all petroleum products available to us even as delays in the payments of our reimbursement have continued to impede and adversely affect our operations.
“The suspension in loading in the last few days has been due to the strike action embarked upon by PTD-NUPENG and NARTO. These two bodies had refused to load out / lift petroleum products for distribution from our depots. That is the TRUE POSITION”
“The allegation by Mr. Ifeanyi Uba of CAPITAL OIL AND GAS INDUSTRIES that DAPPMA member companies embarked on a strike action is not only mischievous, but completely false and a figment of his imagination. Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited does not participate in the petroleum subsidy scheme having been disqualified from the ‘PSF scheme’ by the government regulatory agency hence they do not import PMS (petrol). The company is not owed a kobo under the ‘PSF scheme as they cannot make any claim hence they do not feel the impact of non-payment of subsidy reimbursements; instead the company stores petroleum products for NNPC/PPMC under a ‘throughput arrangement’ as do a few other members of our Association.
“We reiterate that since the unions embarked on this action, we have been dialoguing with them to seek amicable ways of resolving this logjam bearing in mind its harrowing and debilitating impact on the Nigerian public and the masses.”
Adewole said that at the Senate Petroleum Committee’s sitting held in Abuja on Monday, 25th May, 2015 the areas of disagreement between depot owners / marketers and the Federal Ministry of Finance and all other stakeholders were resolved while PTD-NUPENG and NARTO have also pledged their commitment to resume loading of petroleum products from all depots that have stock.
He however said that the association is made of highly patriotic Nigerian entrepreneurs who have invested heavily in constructing and operating petroleum products storage and sales depots / tank farms all over the nation, hereby reiterate that as importers and marketers of refined petroleum products and as such never embarked on any shut-down of its depots / facilities.


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