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Experts recommend outright privatisation of petrol sector




Amidst the ongoing debate surrounding the escalating petroleum products pump prices in Nigeria, government officials and experts are exploring the possibility of privatization as a potential solution to address the issue.

This move comes as Nigerians continue to grapple with the economic burden of surging fuel costs.

Oluseye Akinwalere takes a look at possible solutions to the continuous hike in petrol prices.

Nigeria, a major oil producer, has faced recurrent challenges in stabilizing petrol prices due to a combination of factors, including fluctuating global oil prices, subsidy removal, and inadequate domestic refining capacity, resulting in price hikes which have sparked protests and widespread discontent among the population.

In recent months, the skyrocketing prices at petrol pumps have become a pressing concern for consumers and policymakers alike.

As the world grapples with energy challenges, the question of whether privatization could be the remedy to this issue has gained prominence.

Vice Chairman Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria Ondo State, Mr Idowu Adebusuyi said privatization must be handled properly as it might lead to profit driven decisions that wont be conducive for consumers.

A Public Affairs Commentator, Mr Alex Aladeniyi argued that introducing competition into the petroleum industry can lead to greater efficiency and lower prices.

An Economist, Mr Olaoluwa Bankole believes that allowing private companies to operate and manage petrol stations could result in more competitive pricing, improved service quality, and increased investments in infrastructure.

As Governments and policy makers grapple with this complex issue, the future of petrol pump pricing remains uncertain and it will be crucial to strike a balance that ensures affordability for consumers while maintaining the stability and efficiency of the energy sector.