Days after promising Nigerians that the price of petrol will be slashed to below N100 per litre, the federal government has made a complete U-turn on its assuring comment.
In its statement late Thursday, March 11, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) revealed that the new retail price for a litre of petrol for March would be between N209.61 and N212.61
Recall that the government said plans had been concluded to host a national conference on the integration of artisanal/modular petroleum refinery operations. This was disclosed by Ita Enang, the senior special assistant to the president on Niger Delta Affairs, during a press conference on Tuesday, March 9, in Abuja.
Enang reportedly said the aim of the conference is to seek ways to increase refining capacity and cause a drop in the price of petroleum products.
The presidential aide disclosed that the conference is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. He was quoted to have said: “As the cost of crude goes higher, the cost of refined petroleum products goes higher but if we refine these petroleum products in Nigeria, the cost will be very low.
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