Kyari: Nigeria to Start Exporting Refined Petroleum in 2024.

by Adenike Adeodun

Amid circulating reports about persisting petrol subsidies, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) firmly quashed these speculations. Specifically, Mele Kyari, NNPC’s Group Chief Executive Officer, clarified there is no active subsidy. Furthermore, he emphasised that the NNPC recovers the full cost of imported petroleum products.

Contrary to these claims, many believed that the Nigerian government was offsetting petrol costs to maintain the pump price at its current average of N619 per litre. However, addressing the media after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu in Abuja, Kyari assured that the country’s fuel prices now hinge on market forces and global oil prices.

Moreover, on a brighter note, Kyari also revealed optimistic predictions for Nigeria’s fuel sector, as reported by This Day Live. He believes that, due to federal government interventions, Nigeria might soon emerge as a prominent exporter of refined petroleum products by next year. This vision notably aligns with the country’s broader aim to capitalise on the global shift towards cleaner energy sources.

While discussing the challenges, Kyari pointed out the difficulties private companies face in importing petrol, primarily due to foreign exchange issues. Currently, and unsurprisingly, the NNPC remains the sole petrol importer in Nigeria. He attributes this unique position to their exclusive access to foreign exchange.

Additionally, when addressing the minor fuel scarcity observed in select states, Kyari attributed the disruption to road conditions and an increased transit time for fuel shipments. Yet he assured the public that the supply remained robust and emphasised that the scarcity was a temporary glitch.

Economically speaking, the removal of the fuel subsidy has rejuvenated several sectors. For instance, construction companies are gradually resuming operations due to increased resource availability. In the same vein, Kyari passionately advocated for a swift implementation of the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) initiative. He emphasised the significant potential of CNG-driven transportation for the country’s future.

Lastly, at the PENGASSAN summit, several dignitaries shared their insights. Simon Lalong, Minister of Labour and Employment, encouraged attendees to brainstorm progressive strategies for the petroleum sector. Similarly, Peter Esele, a past PENGASSAN president, emphasised reallocating subsidies from fuel to transportation, health, and education.

In conclusion, the summit provided a platform for robust discussions on the economic implications of the subsidy’s removal, potential salary adjustments in the oil and gas sector, and the need for innovative solutions to counteract potential financial setbacks.

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