NNPC proffers solution to current energy crisis, high prices of petrol

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has attributed the current energy crisis to the Ukraine and Russia war which resulted in the increase of petroleum products.

Kyari who made this known before the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), investigating the increase in prices of diesel and cooking gas, said the solution to the current energy challenges include restoration of crude oil production, provision of more foreign exchange by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to oil marketers with massive intervention currently ongoing to see if the issue would be resolved by the end of July and deliver more supply of petroleum products.

Kyari acknowledged that the situation was quite unfortunate in his address to the committee chaired by Hon. Abdullahi Gaya, pointed out that NNPC was doing something to make sure the refineries work again.

The NNPC boss explained, “Community members are not thieves, absolutely not. Everything we are doing is to incorporate the communities into the process of protecting these assets.

“The National Assembly in its wisdom also included a Trust Fund for the communities in the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) so that they become parts and parcels of the system. Criminals in the Niger Delta come from all parts of the country. At these illegal refineries there are people from all walks of life there.

“Many of these people are completely armed and the community members cannot even report them, they are helpless because if they report them, they will come after them.

“My suggestion this moment is deliver supply, make sure oil marketers are also able to import, and there’s need to engage the CBN to create more dollars, once we do these, dollars will be allocated for the import of AGO, the will also dampen the effects of going to buy dollar in the open market.

“So you can have a cheaper dollar and definitely it will affect the price. Secondly, the regulatory institutions, the authority, Consumer Protection Council and NNPC, I suggest we need to sit together to see how arbitrage can be managed so that the end-user is not completely exploited.”

Speaking further, Kyari ruled out the possibility of returning to the regime of subsidizing diesel and LPG.

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