– The federal government has made clarifications over a purported increase in the pump price of petrol
– The minister of state for petroleum Timipre Sylva, informs Nigerians about consultations regarding petrol pricing
– Sylva cautions marketers about the arbitrary petrol price increase
The Nigerian government has stated that there will be no increment in the pump price of petrol until the organised labour is consulted.
Sylva’s statement was in reaction to the pricing template published by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) which pegged the new pump price of petrol at N212.61 per litre.
The minister dismissed the pricing template published by the PPPRA.
”Irrespective of the source of that information, I want to assure you that it is completely untrue.
“Neither Mr President who is the Minister of Petroleum Resources nor myself who deputise for him as minister of state has approved that petrol price should be increased by one naira.
“I therefore urge you to disregard this misleading information.”
Premium Times reported that the minister explained that the federal government would continue to consult with the organised labour and other stakeholders to arrive at a reasonable price regime for petrol.
Sylva said until an agreement is reached, all marketers are to maintain the current pump price of petrol.
According to the report, PPPRA had on Thursday night, March 11, published a template on its website announcing an increase in the retail price of petrol.
However, it was deleted on Friday morning, March 12, amid the outrage by Nigerians across the country over the sudden increase.
In another report, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has insisted there is no increase in the ex-depot price of petrol in the month of March.
The corporation said this following the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA)’s projection of the price of petrol at N212.11 per litre.
The NNPC stated its position in a tweet via its official handle sighted by Legit.ng on Friday, March 12.
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