No plan to hike fuel price, marketers assure Nigerians

Abuja—There is no plan to hike the cost of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), which is the sole importer of the commodity, is capable of shouldering under-recovery, oil marketers said on Monday.

Dealers under the aegis of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) explained that the NNPCL was capable of absorbing under-recovery on fuel price due to its involvement in the sales of crude oil.

They noted that other marketers in the downstream oil sector stopped importing petrol because of their inability to shoulder such under-recovery.

IPMAN then urged the public not to worry over the cost of PMS as NNPCL has capacity to manage fuel price.

Under-recovery is a term used in the petroleum sector to denote the notional losses that oil companies incur due to the difference between the subsidised price at which the oil marketing companies sell certain products and the price which they should have received to meet their cost of production.

NNPCL has also repeatedly stated that fuel subsidy is gone and that petrol is a deregulated product, as it also assured Nigerians that there is no plan to hike the cost of PMS, Punch reports.

Some Nigerians had expressed fear following the revelation by oil marketers last week that the cost of petrol should be around N1,200/litre if it was not being subsidised, considering the cost of the commodity in other climes.

But the NNPCL insisted that there was no more subsidy on the product, stressing that it was now recovering its full cost on the importation of PMS into Nigeria.

Commenting on the development in a statement issued on Monday, the National Public Relations Officer, IPMAN, Chief Ukadike Chinedu, said, “The attention of the National Executive Committee of IPMAN, led by Alhaji Debo Ahmed, has been drawn to the current issues relating to misinformation from some news media that IPMAN is speculating of a likely increase in the pump price of PMS.

“We were merely sharing our opinion with the populace on the need for the government to quicken the rehabilitation of the nation’s four refineries to lessen the pressure on the importation of petroleum products into the country.

“NNPC remains the sole importer of PMS despite the full deregulation of the product because they are capable of under-recovery from sales of crude oil which is not possible for other operators in the downstream sector.”

The oil marketers added, “We therefore appeal to the general public to shun panic buying as NNPC have the capacity to manage the price of PMS and have assured us of enough quantity in the system.

“We remain partners in the renewed hope agenda of the present administration.”

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