The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has debunked the trending fake news of an impending review of pump prices of petroleum products, especially petrol.
A statement Tuesday in Abuja by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, affirmed that contrary to the misinformation in the social media, the federal government has no plan to review prices of petroleum products either downwards or upwards.
Ughamadu said since October 2017, NNPC had been the sole importer of petrol into the country as the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) could not import due to the Open Market Price being much higher than the N145/litre official selling price.
Government, he said, has no plan to review the market prices of products either upwards or downwards now.
Ughamadu cautioned rumour mongers to be wary of the impact their ignoble act could cause on prices of petroleum products especially petrol as the festive period draws near.
He said the fake news could lead to artificial scarcity, hoarding of products by consumers which in turn might result in unwarranted queues and suffering of Nigerians at fuel stations.
The NNPC spokesman disclosed that members of the public should report any station which sells petrol above the N145 recommended price to the offices of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) nationwide, saying the Department is authorised to monitor and regulate the industry's activities.
Ughamadu said the recent statement of the NNPC GMD, Dr. Maikanti Baru, that the corporation had 37 days stock of petrol subsists, stressing that the NNPC's helmsman has mapped out strategies to ensure that Nigerians have a hitch-free festive period.(NAN)