Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, has approved the reduction of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
This is coming following the outbreak of coronavirus which is currently ravaging the world and also having a direct effect on the crash in global crude oil prices.
This was made known in a statement personally signed by Timipre Sylva, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources in Abuja.
“The drop in crude oil prices has lowered the expected open market price of imported petrol below the official pump price of N145 per litre.
“Therefore, Mr. President has approved that Nigerians should benefit from the reduction in the price of PMS which is a direct effect of the crash in global crude oil prices,” the statement reads in part.
It further stated that; “In view of this situation, based on the price modulation template approved in 2015, the Federal Government is directing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to reduce the Ex-Coastal and Ex-Depot prices of PMS to reflect current market realities.
“Also, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) shall subsequently issue a monthly guide to NNPC and Marketers on the appropriate pricing regime.
“The Agency is further directed to modulate pricing in accordance with prevailing market dynamics and respond appropriately to any further oil market development.
“It is believed that this measure will have a salutary effect on the economy, provide relief to Nigerians and will provide a framework for sustainable supply of PMS to our country.
“The Ministry of Petroleum Resources will continue to encourage the use of Compressed Natural Gas to complement PMS utilization as transport fuel, the statement concluded.”