Sunday, 18 January 2015

FG Announce Reduction of Fuel Price to N87

Federal Government last night announced the reduction in the price of petroleum products from N97 to N87 per litre. The reduction follows the crash in the prices of crude oil in the international markets. The minister of petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, made the announcement on the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, last night. She spoke from the presidential villa apparently after consultations with President Goodluck Jonathan.
FG Announce Reduction of Fuel Price to N87
FG Announce Reduction of Fuel Price to N87

She said: “I will like to announce the reduction in the price of Premium Motor Spirit by N10. Therefore, the reduction would be from N97 per litre to N87 per litre and this would be effective from midnight Sunday, January 18, 2015. In line with this I have directed the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, and the Directorate of Petroleum Resources to ensure that there is strict adherence of this regime as it takes effect from midnight Sunday, January 18. I do hope that the entire country will benefit immensely from this reduction of the pump price.”

The price of petroleum products was fixed at N97 in January 2012 after the administration made an abortive move for the full deregulation of the downstream sector which initially saw petrol prices rocket to more than N140 per litre.

The move was challenged by a general uprising across the country led by the Occupy Nigeria movement which organised city shutdowns across some of the major cities in the country. The move by the civil right activists was coupled by a general strike by organised labour. The strike was called off on January 16 after the administration drew back from the full deregulation and agreed to a reduction of the prices to a fixed N97 that would be varied according to a template based on the price of crude in the international markets.

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