The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has ruled out any increment in the ex-depot price of petrol in March, 2021, warning against hoarding of the product and panic buying.
A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporate, Dr. Kennie Obateru, said that the Corporation is not contemplating any rise in the price of petrol in March in order not to jeopardize ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship.
It cautioned petroleum products marketers not to engage in arbitrary price increase or hoarding of petrol in order not to create artificial scarcity and unnecessary hardship for Nigerians.
The Corporation said that it has enough stock of petrol to keep the nation well supplied for over 40 days and urged motorists to avoid panic buying.
It called on relevant regulatory authorities to step up monitoring of the activities of marketers with a view to sanctioning those involved in products hoarding or arbitrary increase of pump price.