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Mele Kyari: Going forward, there will be no petrol subsidy

Mele Kyari, the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says subsidy payments on refined petroleum products are now a thing of the past.

The GMD made his stance known during an interview with Nancy Iloh on Africa Independent Television (AIT) on Monday.

“As at today, subsidy/underrecovery is zero,” he said.

“Going forward, there’ll be no resort to either subsidy or under recovery of any nature.

“NNPC will just be another player in the market space.But we’ll be there for the country to sustain security of supply at the cost of the market.”

Under recovery is the cost incurred by the NNPC on behalf of the federal government to keep the pump price of petrol at the previous benchmark price of N145 per litre.

However, a drop in the price of crude oil eliminated the under recovery and the landing cost of petrol fell below the benchmark price.

In response to market forces, the federal government approved a reduction in the pump price of petrol from N145 to 125 per litre.

It also mandated the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to adjust retail price of petrol monthly in response to market dynamics.

In line with the directive, the DPR announced that the pump price of petrol would be adjusted to N123.50 per litre for retail in April.

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