Fuel Might Hit N1200 Per Litre – Marketers


…..NNPCL reacts

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) on Wednesday, January 3, denied reports that it clashed with marketers over payment of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

A report by Punch claimed that petrol should now cost N1,200 per litre owing to exit from the under-recovery of the fuel cost.

The report said NNPC and fuel marketers under the aegis of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, on Tuesday, clashed again over the removal of subsidy on petrol.

The clash came against the backdrop of the depreciation of the naira against the United States dollar at both the official Investors & Exporters Window and the parallel market.

On Tuesday, the local currency closed at 998/dollar at the official market, while it traded at 1,225/dollar at the black market.

Due to the falling naira rate, economists and oil marketers said PMS subsidy was increasing in recent times, but the NNPC quickly countered the marketers and declared that it was recovering its full cost on the importation of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol.

Also, the Chief Executive Officer, Financial Derivatives Company, Bismarck Rewane, said in a recent interview that fuel subsidy was not removed but reduced.

The report added that marketers said subsidy on petrol was increasing considering the crash of the naira against the United States dollar and the cost of crude oil, stressing that PMS should sell for N1,200/litre in a free market.

NNPC in a rejoinder on Wednesday, denied the reports.

The short rejoinder that NNPC, Group Communications, Officer, Olufemi Soneye issued today reads: “NNPC Ltd emphasises it has not clashed with any party. The Punch headline is deemed unfortunate. The publication sought confirmation on the alleged subsidy reduction, to which NNPC responded that the subsidy has been entirely removed.”

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