The Federal Government ha blamed the hike in Petroleum price on the breakthrough made in the fight against the deadly COVID-19.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, said this on Monday while he spoke with the State House correspondents in Abuja, after a routine visit to President Buhari, noting that the announcement by an American pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, on its vaccine for COVID-19 led to a global hike in the price of petroleum.
“What happened recently was because of the announcement of a vaccine for COVID-19 by Pfizer. With that, crude oil prices went up a little bit. If you have been following crude oil prices, you would have seen that crude oil prices went up a little bit as a result of this announcement. So, when crude oil prices go up a little bit, then you will see that (it will) instantly reflect on the price of petrol, which is a derivative of crude oil”, he said. Read also: Global Stock Market Surges As Pfizer Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Is 90% Effective
“The minister explained that the government took the decision to deregulate the sector in order to ensure its optimum performance. When the price of crude oil goes up, then it means that the price of the fixed stock has gone higher; it will also affect the price of the refined product and that is why you see that product prices are usually not static, it depends on the price of crude oil which goes up and down. That is why we say, deregulate so that as the price goes up or down, you begin to go up and down as well at the pump. Before now, we fixed it – which was not optimal for us as a country”, he added.