The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd. has confirmed a hike in
the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol.
The company’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, confirmed the increase
to State House Correspondents on Tuesday, shortly after a private meeting with
the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The NNPC had, on Tuesday, increased the pump price of Petrol to N617 in Abuja
Kyari explained that the increase was in line with market realities. He dismissed
reports that the hike was due to a short supply of the product in the country.
He said, “I don’t have the details at this moment. You know we have the
marketing wing of the company, they adjust prices depending on the market
“And this is the meaning of making sure that the market regulates itself so that
prices will go up and sometimes they will come down also. 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 sell it at the prevailing market price. There
is nothing to do with supply; we don’t have supply issues.
“There is robust supply. We have over 32 days of 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 sometimes, they will go up but there will be
stability of supply, and I am also assuring Nigerians that this is the best way to
go forward so that we can adjust prices when the market comes.
“I know that a number of companies have imported petroleum pms. So, many
of them are on line. Market forces have started to play. People have confidence
in the market and private sector people are now importing products but there is
no way they can recover their cost if they cannot take market reflective cost.”
On his part, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream
Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Farouk Ahmed, said the authority
has no business with setting the price of petrol.
“As a regulator, you know I told you back in May, we are not going to be setting
prices, 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, it’s open to all participants. As mentioned also
yesterday (Monday) when I was in Lagos, we have about 56 marketing
companies that have applied for and obtained licenses to import.
“Out of those, 10 of them have indicated to supply within the third quarter,
which is July, August and September. And out of those already, we received
some cargo from some of these Marketers.
“Prudent Energy, AYM Shafa and Emadeb Cargo are arriving tomorrow
(Wednesday). So, this is just an encouragement to see that the market is
liberated and everyone is free to import so long as you are working within the
framework, especially in terms of quality.
“But the pricing, as a regulator, we are not going to put a cap on the price
because we are not part of those importing. We are not a marketing company,
we are just a regulator.
“So, when you say market forces are working, basically what it means is that
you can see the price of crude oil going up, a couple of weeks ago recovering
around 70 dollars per barrel now it’s around 80 dollars per barrel,” he said.