By Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja
Fuel marketers under the aegis of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, (DAPPMA) have lamented the serious challenges posed by the scarcity of foreign exchange (forex) to their existence, and solicited the assistance of the federal government to remain afloat.
DAPPMA said that sourcing the needed forex is central to their continued existence as it would enable them settle their foreign bankers as failure will be detrimental to them..
The Chairman of DAPPMA, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, who led a team of lover 46 independent marketers for an emergency meeting with the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun in Abuja on Friday to explore urgent solutions to the scarcity of forex once and for all, pleaded on behalf of his members for government’s intervention.
‘’It is our duty now to discus and dialogue with you on the possible ways we can source foreign exchange to enable us liquidate debts owed our foreign banks to remain in business, our bankers are very worried that we have to source for foreign exchange by ourselves to be able to import petroleum products into the country, we are at a very difficult situation’’
Abiodun added that it was the acute shortage of foreign exchange to its members that actually triggered a protracted unavailability of fuel, which almost brought the entire nation on its knees.
The DAPPMA Chairman, who expressed gratitude to the government for the recent payment of about N48.2 billion, being part payment of money owed them, noted that that till now, his members were yet to source for foreign exchange that could make them settle their foreign bankers.
In her remarks, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun stated that the government had decided to fast track the final process for outstanding payments of fuel subsidy to all marketers, adding: ‘’We have set up an internal audit unit in the Ministry of Finance under my Director, Special Duties, so we are determined to re-organise the whole process to ensure where you can easily channel your transactions to reduce all unnecessary bottlenecks associated with the previous regime.’’