The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has disclosed that the landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, is now about N510 per litre.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja.
Kyari stated this on Wednesday at the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Summit organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption in Abuja.
He said: “It is not possible for you to buy fuel at N170 when your actual cost is thrice that value.
“For instance, today, when PMS comes into this country, we transfer to marketers at N113 per litre for us to ensure N165 at the pump.
“So, you must sell at N113 to them to be able to deliver at N165.
“That means whatever the cost, anything after that value, that is subsidy.
“Somebody has to pay for it.
“Everyone knows the price of PMS around the world.
“There is nowhere today that you can land a litre of PMS to the pumps at the N445 (to a dollar) exchange rate.
“It is not possible.
“In some places, you are subsidising up to N290 on every litre.
“With this regime, it is impossible for you to avoid all the wrong things that are happening: round tripping, cross-border smuggling, document forgery.
“Anywhere you have arbitrage, you will have these issues.
“As long as arbitrage is there, you will continue to have these issues and you cannot hold NNPC accountable for it because it is a value chain that involves everything and everybody.
“You cannot price it at the market today because of the socio-economic impact on the prices of PMS.
“Every country is doing something about high energy costs.
“Some have removed taxes on petroleum.
“This is a subsidy.
“NNPC Limited will no longer go to FAAC (Federation Accounts Allocation Committee) because we are expected to pay taxes, dividend and royalty.”