Nigeria Groans As NNPC Increase Petrol Pump Price To N617 per Liter, Gives Reasons
A visit to an NNPC filling station in the Central area of Abuja by our reporter confirmed that the fuel price has now been adjusted from N539 to N617 per litre.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company L.td. attributed the increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol to the market realities.
The company’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Malam Mele Kyari, stated this in an interview with newsmen shortly after a private meeting with the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, at the Presidential Villa, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Kyari explained that the increase in the price of PMS has nothing to do with supply issue, adding that there are robust supply of the product in the country.
”I don’t have the details this moment. You know we have the Marketing Wing of the company, they adjust prices depending on the market realities.
”And this is the meaning of making sure that the market regulate itself so that prices will go up and sometimes they will come down also and this is really what we are seeing in reality this is how the market works.
”There is no supply issue completely when you go to the market you buy the product you come to the market and sale it at prevailing market price there is nothing to do with supply we don’t have supply issues.”
”There are robust supply, we have over 32 days supply in the country, that’s not a problem. What I know is that the market forces will regulate the market, prices will go down sometimes and sometime it will go up but there will be stability of supply.
He assured Nigerians that the policy was the best way for the country going forward.
”And I am also assuring Nigerians that this is the best way to go forward so that we can adjust prices when market comes.
”I know that a number of companies have imported petroleum pms so many of them are online. Market forces have started to play, people have confidence in the market and private sector people are now importing product.
”And there is no way they can recover their cost if they cannot take market reflective cost,” Kyari said.
On his part, Alhaji, Farouk Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), said the authority doesn’t set price of the product but it was market determine itself.
”As a regulator you know I told you back in May we are not going to be setting price the market will determine itself and as you saw back in early June when prices came out it was based on the cost of importation plus other logistics of distribution and of course the profit margin by the importer.
”This market is deregulated, is open to all participants. As a mentioned also yesterday (Monday) when I was in Lagos we have about 56 marketing companies that have applied for and obtained license to import.
Another Customer who confirmed this development to Daily Trust simply said “It is true, I just bought at N617 per liter, ”The immediate reason could not be ascertained but it is not unconnected to the recent projections by oil marketers that fuel price will hit N700 per litre soon.
The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NDMPRA) is yet to comment to Daily Trust enquiry as at the time of filling this report.