The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Friday promised to maintain the current ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) until the conclusion of engagement with the organized labour and other stakeholders.
The General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, said the corporation was bearing the burden of importing refined petroleum products as the supplier of last resort.
Reacting to a recent interview by the Managing Director, Mele Kyari, at the State House, Obateru told newsmen that the NNPC had no intention to preempt ongoing engagement with labour by unilaterally increasing the ex-depot price of petrol.
The spokesman disclosed that the NNPC had made arrangements for robust stock of petroleum products in all its strategic depots across the country.
The corporation advised petroleum product marketers not to engage in an arbitrary price increase or hoarding of petrol so as not to disrupt the market.
He also urged motorists not to engage in panic buying and assured marketers and other players in the downstream sector of sustainable collaboration for the public interest.
“We are witnessing a steady rise in COVID-19 recoveries, and the government has intensified the rollout of vaccination of eligible members of the public against this deadly virus, with over 16, 328 persons vaccinated in the first eight days of the vaccine rollout in Edo State.”