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…marketers allege increase in ex-deport price

Queues are beginning to resurface in major filling stations in the city of Abuja in the last twenty four hours despite the assurance from government that there will be no petroleum pump price hike.

Most of the filling stations within the city centre and the environs were not dispensing petrol when The DAILY VENDOR visited yesterday to ascertain products availability.

According to information gathered by the Daily Vendor at some of the filling stations, there are surreptitious plans by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to increase the ex-deport price and so “we will not lift any product until they come out clean” our sources confided in us.

The marketers accused the NNPC of insincerity for not telling Nigerians the truth about the current shortfall in importation and plans to increase the ex-deport price to defray the cost of importation of the premium motor spirit.

However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it will not increase the ex-depot price of Premium Motor spirit also known as petrol in May.

The Group Managing Director, Malam Mele Kyari, made this known at the end of a closed door meeting with Petroleum Transport Drivers (PTD), National Association of Road Transporters Owners (NARTO) and oil marketers in Abuja on Monday 19 April 2021.

Ex-depot price is the price marketers buy products from depot owners; it determines the pump price at filling stations.

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He said: “We want to inform oil marketing companies that NNPC will not increase the pump price of PMS in May.

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“I am giving the assurance and I ask Nigerians to go about their normal businesses; we have over 20 billion litres of petrol in our custody.

“Many of you are aware of this and with the assurance with tanker drivers and NUPENG, there is no need for panic buying of the product.

“Petrol will be available in all the depots in the country including NNPC dispatched depot across the country, so nobody should panic in buying the product,” he said.

On the strike by PTD, he said the strike was associated with NARTO’s inability to increase their compensation which was not resolved last week.

“We have given commitment to both NARTO and PTD that we will resolve the issue within a week and come back to the table to have a total closure on the issue.

“We also have a robust engagement with our oil marketing partners in respect of increase in the volume product that is check in the Nigerian market.

“We have agreed to work jointly with all the security agencies to contain any possible infractions seen in our borders.

“We will work as a team to curtail this fraudulent practice with the help of the security agencies,” he added.

He added that the meeting also discussed issues on payment by Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) to oil marketing companies.

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He said that all stakeholders agreed in making PMS available to marketers

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