Why Nigerians ‘ll not pay more for petrol in June – Sylva

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Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva has assured Nigerians that there would not be increased in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol next month despite several arguments in favour of hike in price.

In a statement on Friday, Sylva said it has become necessary to assure Nigerians that despite the huge burden of under-recovery, the Federal Government was not in a hurry to increase the price of PMS to reflect current market realities.

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“The current price of petrol will be retained in the month of June until the ongoing engagement with organised labour is concluded,” he said.

Sylva stated that the clarification became necessary in the light of recent reports regarding the resolution of the Nigeria Governors Forum to increase the pump price of petrol.

The minister said in this regard, he would strongly urge petroleum products marketers not to engage in any activities that could jeopardise the seamless supply and distribution system in place.

He called on members of the public to avoid panic buying because the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has enough stock of petroleum products to keep the nation wet.