By Gift Eguavoen
As part of efforts to boost availability of petrol nationwide, the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has said it will continue implementing the petroleum bridging programme.
This was disclosed in a statement issues in Abuja by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority, Engr Farouk Ahmed. He explained that the Authority will also offset all verified bridging claims by stakeholders involved in the distribution of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol.
The Authority assured petroleum tanker drivers and other stakeholders of its determination to continue the payment of bridging rate to ensure effective distribution of products nationwide.
Ahmed also revealed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has stopped charging in dollars for their shipping services, adding that both the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) are also expected to soon begin charging for their services in Naira as the agencies have began engaging the Ministry of Transportation to get necessary approvals.
He further urged indebted marketers that collect bridging levies provided for in the pricing template to remit such deductions to enable the Authority pay outstanding claims.