An official of the Oil Marketers’ union in Nigeria told Channels Television on Friday that the union was only ‘demanding that the money marketers are owed should be paid’.
The Executive Secretary of the Major Oil Marketers Association, Mr Obafemi Olawoore, said three jetties controlled by the union in Apapa, Lagos State, were discharging fuel, but stressed that lack of fund had affected the importation of petroleum products.
There are three discharging points. The third is a vessel belonging to the Pipelines And Product Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
“It is not that we are not bringing in fuel. The problem is that we are not bringing enough and the reason we are not bringing enough is simple. If you pay 154 [billion Naira] out of out of 354 [billion Naira] you are left with 200 [billion Naira]. That is not up to 50 per cent.
“What we are saying is that we should make attempt to pay. Banks should agree to open their of lines of credit so that we can access funds and bring in more products while the government talks to us.
“As we speak, nobody is talking, so we do not know the thinking of anybody. There is no crime in asking for the money. They are owing us some money and we want the money,” Mr Olawoore said.
The effects of the lingering fuel crises has continued to make life difficult for many Nigerians, with few service stations selling fuel above the official pump price of 87 Naira.