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Diesel prices drop after NNPC intervention

By on July 3, 2017

The recent intervention of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which led to a 42 percent fall in the price of diesel has continued to sustain the downward price across the country.

NNPC said in a statement that a national survey by its weekly TV programme, Oil and Gas Forum, NNPC’s, indicated that in the last few weeks, the price of diesel has fallen steadily from between N175 and N200 per litre as at June 18, 2017, to as low as between N155 and N160 per litre in some stations across the country as at last week.
The study showed that NNPC Mega Stations and its affiliates across the country sold the product for N160 per litre while many major and independent marketers in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Onitsha, Enugu, Makurdi and most major cities were selling between N160 and N165 per litre. In Port Harcourt the average price is as low as N150 per litre.
The manager of a fuel retail station in Abuja, Ibrahim Isah, said the station had to reduce the selling price to N165 per litre in line with the prevailing market situation in order to sustain the turnover of the business.
An independent marketer in Makurdi, Innocent Abbah, said the going ex-depot price of diesel from local private depots was N155 per litre.
However, the situation is slightly different in Asaba and Warri in Delta State and Uyo in Akwa Ibom state where most independent fuel stations as well as major marketers sold the product for N180 per litre.
It would be recalled that the price of AGO crashed by about 42 per cent nationwide, a huge downslide over the last six months, following key strategic interventions by the NNPC.
In the first quarter 2017, retail prices of diesel, which is one of the deregulated products, shot up to an all-time high of N300/litre in major demand centres across the country.
The unpleasant situation placed a huge burden on truck drivers who use the product as fuel for their vehicles and the nation’s manufacturing sector which requires it to run its operations, as well as on the masses who need it for household power generation.
NNPC’s interventions included sustained improvement in the supply of the product and remodeling of the product distribution channels to address sufficiency issues across the country.



[Daily Trust]