Higher fuel prices effect of falling naira – PPPRA

Higher fuel prices effect of falling naira – PPPRA.

Higher fuel prices effect of falling naira - PPPRA

The difficulties in accessing foreign exchange and the falling value of the naira have been given by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA as major obstacles to a low and stable price of premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol.

Saidu Abdulkadi, the Executive Secretary of the PPPRA, in an address to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, also said that foreign exchange challenges and doubts had hindered oil marketers from resuming fuel import since the commencement of the deregulation policy in March 2020.

Represented by the General Manager, Administration and Human Resources of the PPPRA, Mr. Victor Shidok, stated that because of the difficulties in accessing foreign exchange by oil marketers, the PPMC is currently the sole importer of the commodity into the country, and announces the prices at which it sells the commodity to oil marketers and its customers.

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He explained that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC, had been the one announcing the price of petrol over the last few months, because it was within its rights to do so, as one of the oil marketers and major supplier of the commodity.

“You know the role that foreign exchange plays with the sourcing of PMS. When you are not producing and earning foreign exchange as you ought to do, then there would be pressure on the little that you have. That is why you see the galloping foreign exchange. We did not expect it would remain like that forever; that is why government is doing all it can and in the near future, we would begin to see an improvement in the value of the naira.

“Secondly, we believe marketers are still studying the market before they come in fully to resume fuel import. There is also skepticism whenever a new policy is being put up. We do not envisage that the exchange rate would remain at the rate at which it currently is,” he maintained.

The executive secretary also explained that the price of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, is not directly correlated with crude oil price, adding that a number of other factors are responsible for the price of the commodity.

He observed that the government had agreed that henceforth, the price of petrol in the Nigerian market would be determine by market forces, adding that the PPMC, just like other marketers and importers would continue to determine the prices at which they would sell to their customers.