Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has denied information reviews that the Federal Government was planning to jack up the pump worth of petrol, at current mounted at N145 per litre.
Idang Alibi, the Director of Press within the ministry in an announcement on Thursday night time, clarified the minister’s submission made to the joint committee of the National Assembly on Petroleum Downstream.
“The Ministry of Petroleum Resources would like to categorically state that the Honourable Minister never mentioned nor insinuated the need or plans by the Federal Government to increase the current pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)”, Alibi mentioned.
Alibi restated what Kachikwu advised the listening to, proven stay on NTA that the Presidency has arrange a particular committee to establish the fast and distant causes of the gasoline shortage with a view to discovering each fast and lengthy lasting options to the problem.
“The Committee has been in rounds of deliberations in the past few days and these discussions are still ongoing. The final decisions and recommendations from the Committee would be passed on to the President and Commander-In-Chief for approval”, mentioned Alibi.
Alibi urged the general public and certainly stakeholders within the Oil and Gas sector to ignore any such report of a worth enhance.
Kachikwu advised the general public listening to on the National Assembly on Thursday that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC had incurred a cumulative lack of N85.5 billion in importing petrol and promoting on the present retail worth of N145 per litre, since October 2017.
Kachikwu mentioned the value was mounted within the first quarter of 2016, when crude oil was promoting for $49 and expressed fears that with crude worth rising to $67 a barrel, the pump worth, might not be sustainable.
According to him, the touchdown value of PMS which was N133.28 per litre in 2016, is now N171 per litre and this has resulted into stoppage of importation of the product by impartial entrepreneurs.
This, he mentioned had made the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC ) to be the 100 per cent importer of the product.
The minister disclosed additional that on account of the N26 distinction per litre between the present touchdown value of the product ( N171) and pump worth of N145, NNPC which had been singularly importing the product on the quantity of 25million litres per day since October final 12 months, has been incurring a day by day lack of about N800-N900million, cumulatively reaching N85.5billion at this time, in simply three months.
According to him, authorities has mandated him and a committee arrange, to seek out methods out of the issue till the native refineries grew to become useful in 18 months time.
He mentioned three options are being thought of.
” One , is for the Central financial institution of Nigeria ( CBN) to permit the entrepreneurs entry foreign exchange on the fee of N204 to a greenback as in opposition to the official fee of N305 to maintain the pump worth of gasoline per litre at N145.
” Two , to provide room for modulated deregulation the place NNPC can be allowed to proceed promoting at N145 per litre in all its mega stations throughout the nation whereas the impartial entrepreneurs must be allowed to promote at no matter worth is worthwhile to them in all their retailers.
” Three, to take a look at the path of blanket subsidy for all of the importers in bridging the hole which might be like going again to an issue that had earlier been solved “, he mentioned .
He, nonetheless, confused that the ultimate answer to the issue was for the nation to place her refineries in good condition in a method that 80 per cent of native consumption of the product must be offered for regionally.