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NNPCL breaks silence over fresh fuel pump price hike



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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has explained why the prices of fuel rose to N617 per litre, saying market realities are dictating the prices.

The price of fuel went up to N617 per litre on Tuesday, with Nigerians expressing anger over the development.

Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPCL, Mele Kyari, who spoke with newsmen after meeting with Vice President Kashim Shettima, said “They are just prices depending on the market realities.”

According to Kyari, this is the meaning of making sure that the market regulates itself, saying that the prices would go up and sometimes it would come down also.

He said the issue of shortage of supply was never an issue, as there was no shortage of the product.

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Kyari added that “When you go to the market, you buy the product, you come to the market and sell it at its prevailing market price. It has nothing to do with supply. We don’t have supply issues.

“We have a robust supply. We’ve had over 32 days of supply in the country. That’s not a problem.

Kyari assured Nigerians that this was the best way to go forward so that marketers could adjust prices when market forces come into play.

“I don’t have the details at this moment, but I know that our marketing wing acts just like every other company in this business. I know that a number of companies have imported petroleum products today.

“So, many of them are online. I’m sure my colleague would confirm this. Market forces have started to play; people have started having confidence in the market. Private sector people are importing products, but there is no way they can recover their cost if they cannot take market reflective costs,” Kyari said.

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