Kerosene the energy commonly used for cooking by the common man is now out of the reach of the average man. The cost of the product is so prohibitive that the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG says it could no longer bear the unnecessary increase in the cost of the product per litre.
The regretted that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has fixed N150 per litre as the official depot price of kerosene meaning that the possibility of the price being N200 at stations other than the NNPC depot is highly possible.
Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of the union, the price will encourage more importation of the product by the marketers.
He said that most of the filling stations selling kerosene between N200 and N220 as the pump price was as a result of additional money on transportation of the product and some other levies paid by marketers.
The chairman said that at present, NNPC was the only importer of kerosene and was using private depots to sell the product.
The NNPC has fixed N150 per litre as the new depot price of kerosene and has directed all its depots and private depot to comply with the directive. This did not include the transportation of the product or several levies and bank interests paid by marketers.
Consequently, marketers will now add all these expenses to the depot price to arrive at N190, N200 or N220 depending on their locations.
The advantage of this is that it will open door for more marketers to commence importation of kerosene just like petrol,’’ he said.
Korodo, however, commended Federal Government for its transparent policy in oil and gas sector.
He urged NNPC to commence loading of its products from depots nationwide, adding that the System 2B oil pipelines were saved from being vandalised.
Friday Magazine recalls that the Federal Government had on January 24 increased the price of kerosene to N83 per litre from N50 per litre thereby officially removing subsidy from the product.
As it is the price per litre is higher than what it is needed to purchase a litre of petrol and the likelihood of its spiralling can’t be ruled out, according to those spoken to at the NNPC Mega station at the Central Area.

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