…As government is still dithering on deregulation allowing NNPC to reduce prices as it desires.
By Gladys Nweke
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the state-owned petroleum company has reduced the price of petrol from N113.28k per litre to N108.00k representing a 4.8 per cent drop in prices. This is the second time in about two months that the NNPC has drop the price of petrol. On March 19th, 2020, the NNPC announced a reduction from N133.28/litre to N113.28/litre.
The current drop was announced via the twitter handle of the NNPC on Wednesday and issued by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, who quoted the Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Musa Lawan.
According to Dr. Obateru, the new ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, reflects the company’s market strategy to make more sales while complying with the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency’s (PPPRA) price template.
He further explained that the new price regime would enable PPMC to boost its sales volumes from the billions of litres of Petrol it has in storage while providing affordable price to millions of customers.
On how they arrived at the current price, he explained that the price was arrived at after an extensive review of market realities by the PPMC internal price review unit.
What this means: The NNPC GMD Mallam Mele Kyari had alluded to the possible removal of fuel subsidy back in April raising optimism that Nigeria was going to ditch a long-standing government policy of spending trillions of naira subsidising petrol. This announcement, however, suggests that the government wants to still manage the price of petrol rather than allow the market to determine the price just as it is for AGO otherwise called diesel.
On diesel, the PPMC MD Musa Lawan explained that diesel price was not touched as it has already being deregulated and determined by market forces.
Oil prices fell to all-time lows in April triggering a request for an automatic reduction in fuel prices in line with market forces as observed in countries with a deregulated market.