Nigerians are paying higher cost for petrol as the international market of crude oil soars but the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has ruled out any increment in the ex-depot price of the product for now.
Kennie Obateru, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, in a statement explained that the decision will allow ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship, to be concluded.
NNPC urged petroleum products marketers not to engage in hoarding of Premium Motor Spirit, petrol, in order not to create artificial scarcity and unnecessary hardship for Nigerians while giving assurance that it has enough stock of petrol to keep the nation well supplied for about 40 days.
It further called on relevant regulatory authorities to step up monitoring of the activities of marketers with a view to sanctioning those involved in products hoarding or arbitrary increase of pump price.
Nigeria’s downstream sector was deregulated in March 2020 with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva stating that the prices of petroleum products would be determined my prevailing market forces.