Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says it has so far paid over N58 billion to oil marketers as bridging claims.
NMDPRA said out of the N58 billion, about N34 billion went directly to members of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).
A statement issued on Thursday by the General Manager, Corporate Communications, NMDPRA, Mr Kimchi Apollo, stated that since December 2021, NMDPRA had made several payments to marketers whose claims had been verified.
IPMAN had claimed that Federal Government owed its members N500 billion as bridging claims, also known as transportation claims.
IPMAN had also urged the government to pay marketers their bridging claims to enable them begin lifting petroleum products from the depots, to address the current fuel scarcity currently being experienced in some parts of the country.
The Association of Distributors and Transporters of Petroleum Products (ADITOP) had also called on the authority to increase the freight rate being given to petroleum transporters to suit current realities.