NNPC To Announce 85 Naira Fuel Pump Price In January

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu says the NNPC will announce a pumpprice of 85 naira per litre of petrol in January 2016.

Dr. Kachikwu said that the new pump price is according to a PPPRA template which he signed off on Wednesday which will be the first reflection of the price modulation that will kick off fully in the petroleum sector by January 2016.

Dr. Kachikwu, who took a tour of the refineries in Port Harcourt on Christmas Day, said that the price modulation is to help ensure the fluctuation of prices to reflect therealities of the crude oil market.

He, however, said that all efforts were being made to get the refineries to start up to 60% production also in January that will supply about 11 million litres of petrol daily.

“If you look at the new PPPRA template that we developed and which I just signed off two days ago, when it is announced you will find out that for now (and I use the emphatic word of the President ‘for now’), the price of the refined product will actually be lower than 87 naira, It will be 85. We will probably announce that in January if the prices hold.

“What that does for you is that its modulating. If it goes up you move up, if it comes down you come down. So we take away the fact of having to go find funds to pay forthese subsidies that we cannot afford.

“More importantly we try to be as close to the pump price that we have now as possible,” he said.


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