Oil marketers, on Wednesday, confirmed the hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit popularly called petrol to over N500 per litre depending on the location of purchase.
A document that allegedly emanated from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, according to marketers, which contained figures that were described as the “Current NNPC Pump Price”, and “New Pump Price Per May 31, 2023,” of petrol, showed that the latest cost of PMS in various states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Figures in the document indicated that while the cost of petrol in Borno State was put at N557 per litre, the prices in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Ekiti were outlined as N488 per litre, N537 per litre, N520 per litre, and N500 per litre respectively.
Although officials of NNPCL and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority kept mute about the document when contacted, oil marketers said that the document was authentic.
The President, Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, Billy Gillis-Harry, confirmed the document as true, which implied that the cost of petrol had been increased to over N500 per litre in various states by the NNPCL.
Asked whether the document on the new pump price of petrol, purportedly issued by the NNPCL to oil marketers was true, Gillis-Harry replied, “Correct.”