Kachikwu, Baru deny reports of possible hike in petroleum products prices

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The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu on Monday refuted media reports of possible increase in the prices of petroleum products in the country.

MEETING: Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu (right) and Group Executive Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ventures, Babatunde Adeniran,  during a meeting with Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream on the lingering fuel scarcity in the country, at the National Assembly, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.MEETING: Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu (right) and Group Executive Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ventures, Babatunde Adeniran,  during a meeting with Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream on the lingering fuel scarcity in the country, at the National Assembly, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.
MEETING: Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu

Supported by and the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Alhaji Maikanti Baru, after a closed-door with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Kachikwu described the reports as untrue.

Pressed on the issue by State House correspondents, he asked, “have you seen any memo to that effect?’’

On his part, Baru said that NNPC has no plan to increase the pump price of petroleum products, stressing that “there is nothing like that.’’

The GMD, however, directed the correspondents to go to the Petroleum Product Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA‎) for further clarification on the issue.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that oil marketers had indicated intention to increase prices of the products, citing continued scarcity of foreign exchange to finance importation of the products, as reason.

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