Trans­porters threaten stop to fuel move­ment, meet FG to­day

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Daniel Adugbo

The Nige­rian As­so­ci­a­tion of Road Trans­port Own­ers (NARTO), the um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion of all com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle own­ers and petrol tanker driv­ers in Nige­ria, has threat­ened to with­draw its ser­vices in seven days if out­stand­ing claims owed to its mem­bers by gov­ern­ment and oil mar­keters are not paid.

The claims re­late to monies owed them for trans­port­ing pe­tro­leum prod­ucts to dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tions across the coun­try.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment had in Jan­uary 2016 re­viewed down­wards, the freight rate due to the trans­porters which they re­jected. The rate lasted till May 11 but gov­ern­ment on May 20 in­creased the rate.

Giv­ing the warn­ing af­ter an emer­gency meet­ing in Abuja yesterday,

NARTO Pres­i­dent, Al­haji Kas­sim Bataiya, said the trans­porters’ ma­jor de­mand was the im­me­di­ate full pay­ment of their ac­crued out­stand­ing claims from Jan­uary to May 2016 at the old rate applicable from 2011 to December 2015 by the Pe­tro­leum Equal­iza­tion Fund (PEF) Man­age­ment Board.

“If by seven days from to­day all the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned do not do what they are ex­pected to do, we will with­draw our ser­vices, mean­ing that we will park our trucks in our garages and the trucks will not move any­where,” Bataiya warned.

The im­pli­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing stake­hold­ers, is that there will be no move­ment of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts na­tion­wide as 98 per cent of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts are dis­trib­uted via trucks.

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