The Coordinating Minister of Economy and the Minister of Finance, Dr Okonjo-Iweala, says payment of N45 billion to oil marketers is being worked on, after the verification of claims currently ongoing.
In a statement from the Special Adviser to the minister, Paul Nwabuikwu, the minister said the information was necessary to satisfy all the enquiries coming in with regards to the status of payment to the oil marketers. According to her, the verification was seen as necessary in order to ensure that the federal government is not held responsible in the event of any litigation between the banks and their marketer-customers, following the institution of the new procedure by Office of the Attorney General, OAGF.
“We have received several enquiries regarding the status of payments to oil marketers for fuel imports. Please note that only marketers, whose claims have been cleared after they have gone through the verification processes, are paid. This is to ensure that the unpleasant experiences of the recent past with regard to wrong and irregular payments are not repeated. The process for the latest batch of payments totalling N45 billion is currently on and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, OAGF has confirmed that some marketers who have submitted letters of indemnity to the OAGF have already been paid.”