The Nigerian National Petroleum corporation (NNPC) says it will not increase the ex-depot price of Premium Motor spirit also known as petrol in May.
The Group Managing Director, Malam Mele Kyari, made this known at the end of a closed door meeting with Petroleum Transport Drivers (PTD), National Association of Road Transporters Owners (NARTO) and oil marketers in Abuja on Monday.
Ex-depot price is the price marketers buy products from depot owners; it determines the pump price at filling stations.
Meanwhile, queues resurfaced in most filling stations around the Federal Capital Territory with visibility of black marketers along the major highways.
“We want to inform oil marketing companies that NNPC will not increase the pump price of PMS in May. “I am giving the assurance and I ask Nigerians to go about their normal businesses; we have over 20 billion litres of petrol in our custody.
“Many of you are aware of this and with the assurance with tanker drivers and NUPENG, there is no need for panic buying of the product. “Petrol will be available in all the depots in the country including NNPC dispatched depot across the country, so nobody should panic in buying the product,” Mr Malam Mele Kyari noted.
He said On the strike by PTD, he said the strike was associated with NARTO’s inability to increase their compensation which was not resolved last week.
During the meeting with the PTD, President said the strike had been suspended until the next seven days.
He commended the NNPC and all the stakeholders for their quick intervention. “We believe that the condition of service of tanker drivers and others need to be improved and we believe that everything will be resolved as discussed,”