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NNPC rules out fuel price increment in February

Says 'no increase in fuel price in February'

In spite of the rise in the price of crude oil in the international market, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has ruled out any increment in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) in February, 2021.

This was disclosed in a press release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru.

The statement explained that the decision was to allow ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship, to be concluded.

NNPC urged petroleum products marketers not to engage in hoarding of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) in order not to create artificial scarcity and unnecessary hardship for Nigerians.

It gave assurance that it has enough stock of petrol to keep the nation well supplied for about 40 days.

The Petroleum Corporation further called on relevant regulatory authorities to step up monitoring of the activities of marketers.

This, it said, is with a view to sanctioning those involved in products hoarding or arbitrary increase of pump price.

It could be recalled that the nation’s downstream sector was deregulated in March 2020.

During the deregulation process, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, stated that the prices of petroleum products would be determined my prevailing market forces.

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