Oil marketers, Tuesday, blamed the Federal Government for the persistence of fuel scarcity in the country. This is because the fuel scarcity was caused by the federal government’s refusal to pay debts owed the marketers, reports Vanguard.
A marketer who spoke to Vanguard noted that the Federal Government appears not to be serious about bringing the scarcity to an end, as the government has failed to honour most of the agreements reached between it and the marketers.
“Nigerians should blame the Federal Government for the fuel scarcity currently witnessed across the country. Marketers have shown commitment towards ending the scarcity, but the Federal Government has not been serious about abiding with certain agreements reached during some of our meetings.
“The fact that most oil marketers have stopped fuel importation into the country at the moment was because they do not have money to finance the import and this is because the Federal Government has refused to pay us the money they owe us,” he said.
Meanwhile, the marketers have reportedly stopped the importation of fuel until further notice due to the non-payment of subsidy claims.
Vanguard quoted a top source in the depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) to have said that majority of the oil marketers are yet to be paid by the Federal Government, making it impossible for them to secure fresh funds from the banks to finance fuel import.