N212.60 Petrol Pump Price:FG Asks Nigerians To Disregard It - EDU-BIZNEWS


Saturday, March 13, 2021

N212.60 Petrol Pump Price:FG Asks Nigerians To Disregard It

The Federal Government has asked  Nigerians to disregard the latest N212.60 pump price released last Friday by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA. 
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipreye Sylva, who made the plea, during groundbreaking for the Rungas composite cylinder manufacturing plant in Alaro City Free Zone, Epe, explained that the released pump price was a mix-up.

Also the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, has clarified that its publication of monthly template, does not amount to increasing the price of petroleum products 

Executive Secretary of PPPRA, Abdulkadir Saidu who made the clarification in a statement, explains  that such increases are supposed to be determined by market forces, under the current deregulation of the sector.

The statement reads in parts
 “The attention of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has been drawn to speculations about the increased pump price of PMS.

“The PPPRA by this release wishes to state clearly that the Guiding Prices posted on our website was only indicative of current market trends and do not translate to an increase in the pump price of PMS. However, publications by the media to this effect have been misconstrued and thus misleading.

“The Agency wishes to remind the general public of the introduction of the Market-Based Pricing Regime for PMS Regulation 2020 as gazetted by the Federal Government. Based on this regulation, prices are expected to be determined by market realities in line with the dictates of market forces.”

He stated: “One of the conditions for the implementation of the Market-Based Pricing Regime for PMS Regulation 2020 is the monthly release of Guiding Price to reflect current market fundamentals.

“The PPPRA in line with its mandate to maintain constant surveillance overall key indices relevant to pricing policy, monitors market trends on a daily basis to determine Guiding Prices.

“The Agency is not unaware of the challenges with the supply of PMS due to some concerns leading NNPC to be the sole importer of PMS. PPPRA is also mindful of the current discussion going on between the government and the Organised Labour on the deregulation policy. While consultation with relevant stakeholders is ongoing, PPPRA does not fix or announce prices and therefore there is no price increase.

 "The current PMS price is being maintained while consultations are being concluded

He added: “Even though market fundamentals for PMS in the past few months indicated upward price trends, the pump price has remained the same and we are currently monitoring the situation across retail outlets nationwide.

The agency however assured Nigerians  of adequate products supply, saying the average PMS Day-Sufficiency as of March 11, 2021, is over 35 days.

PPPRA expressed its committment to statutory role of  ensuring proper deregulation of the downstream sector and provide the needed  support for both government and members of the public

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