The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it pays between N100 billion and N120 billion every month to subsidise Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.
NNPC Group General Manager (GMD), Mele Kyari, disclosed this at the weekly presidential ministerial media briefing on Thursday in Abuja
He lamented that the burden upon NNPC to Subsidize the cost of petrol in the country was overwhelming.
As a result of the huge sum it requires, Kyari says Nigerians cant avoid paying the actual cost for petrol.
He added that the product is currently selling below the cost of importation, causing the NNPC to pay the difference.
The NNPC boss, however, refrain from calling the shortfall payment a subsidy, as thi payment is to maintain the pump price of petrol at the current level.
He stated that the NNPC can no longer bear the monumental cost, saying market forces must be allowed to determine the pump price of petrol in the country in the nearest future.
When asked when the corporation would stop subsidising petrol, Kyari declined to give a specific date.
Timipre Sylva’s Voice, NNPC Wails over Subsidy Payment
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, also gave an update on happenings in the nation’s petroleum sector.
He disclosed that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) currently before the National Assembly would be passed by April 2021.
Sylva told reporters that the bill won’t suffer a setback, by all indications from the leadership of the National Assembly.
He stressed the importance for Nigeria to steer away from oil to gas, adding that the 20-year-old PIB would attract a lot of investments to the gas sector.
On having functional refineries in the country, Sylva faulted Dino’s analysis of the proposed rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery.
According to him, Melaye is no expert on refinery and should, therefore, not express his views on such areas.
The Federal Government remained committed to its promise to deliver a functional refinery to Nigerians in due time he concluded.