Increase of Petrol looms as PPMC jerks up Depot Price

Nigerians queuing to buy petrol

The Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) has increased the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit, also referred to as petrol, to N151.56 per liter from N138.62 per liter.

The PPMC may be a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and currently imports most of Nigeria’s petrol.

According to an internal memo made available to marketers and other stakeholders, the new directive becomes effective September 2.

“Please be informed that a new product price adjustment has been effected on our payment platform,” the memo said.

“To this end, the price of Premium Motor Spirit is now one hundred and fifty-one naira, fifty-six kobo (N151.56) per liter.”

The ex-depot price is the price at which the product is sold to marketers at the depots.

The memo was signed by D.O Abalaka, the depot manager. Lamenting the rise, a depot owner said that his depot would not sell for less than N155.60 to marketers and other filling stations.

“To buy each liter, you pay draft of N2 on each liter, you pay union dues, and of course you have to make a profit,” the depot owner said on Wednesday, asking to not be named as he had no permission of his union to speak to journalists.

Most depot owners and major marketers buy the petrol directly from the PPMC, store in their depot then sell to other marketers and filling station owners from whom Nigerians buy.

Nigerians should thus be expecting a petrol price of about N160 per liter at filling stations.

The Nigerian government, through the Petroleum Product Pricing regulatory authority (PPPRA) recently announced a ‘deregulation’ policy wherein the NNPC would not subsidize petrol for Nigerians but the PPPRA would still determine the sale price based on market forces.

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