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Why We Can’t Sell Petrol At 125/Litre – Marketers

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Why We Can’t Sell Petrol At 125/Litre – Marketers

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The Federal Government, on Wednesday, announced the reduction of the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit ( petrol ) from N145 to N125. Thus, the NNPC directed all its retail station to change the retail pump price to reflect the new price regime.

Days after, Private fuel marketers have yet to reduce the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).





Meanwhile, retail stations belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation have started selling at N 125 per litre .

The drop in crude oil prices had lowered the expected open market price of imported petrol. This is below the official pump price of N 145 per litre. This, the Federal Government had noted that on Wednesday.

According to a report by The PUNCH, private marketers were selling at N 145 per litre of petrol. Filling stations including Oando, Mobil and Capital Oil and Gas on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as well as Total at Ikosi -Ketu, on Thursday morning, were yet to comply.

“ What we are asking the government is that: who is going to pay us between the old price and the new price on our old stock? And without them verifying our old stock and telling us what they will pay us and when they will pay us, we will not load, ” a top official of one of the fuel marketers’ associations told our correspondent on condition of anonymity.

He said marketers would continue to sell the product at the old rate pending when the issues would be resolved.

“ Marketers are holding their strategy session. We will have a common front. The GMD ( of NNPC ) has invited us for a stakeholders ’ meeting. This should have been done before the announcement of the new price. By the end of today, we will have a clearer picture of how they are going to involve us,” he added.





“ Therefore, Mr President has approved that Nigerians should benefit from the reduction in the price of PMS which is a direct effect of the crash in global crude oil prices,” the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said in a statement.

He said the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency would subsequently issue a monthly guide to the NNPC and marketers on the appropriate pricing regime.

The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said the corporation had reviewed its ex -coastal, ex-depot and NNPC retail pump prices in compliance with the directives of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, on the pricing of PMS.

He said, “ Effective March 19, 2020, NNPC ex -coastal price for PMS has been reviewed downwards from N 117.6 /litre to N 99.44 / litre while the ex-depot price is reduced from N 133 .28 / litre to N 113.28 / litre.

“ These reductions will, therefore, translate to N 125 / litre retail pump price.





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