The Group General Manager, GGM, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru yesterday ruled out possibility of imminent increase in the pump price of petrol.
There are online reports suggesting that the Federal Government will soon increase the price which was increased in May from N86 to N145 per litre.
But speaking at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Baru said he has not received any directive to increase fuel price.
Noting that the request for foreign exchange (forex) for importation of petrol has been met, he said the supply situation for fuel in the country is robust and won’t push price up.
He said: “I have not been directed to increase petrol pump price, even the other price was based on recommendation from the regulatory body. I’m not aware that they are planning to do any increase; you know there are several factors that necessitated that especially the issue of exchange rate that has moved and we don’t expect any serious changes.
“So far the request for forex for importation of gasoline popularly called petrol has been met, and our own supply situation is robust.
“We are meeting demands; we have over 1.4 billion liters on ground. So I don’t see any basis for increase,” he said.