Despite a fresh directive by the Nigerian Government for the price of Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol to be sold for N125 per litre, many retailers across most parts of the country have continued to dispense the product at N145.
Nigerians, who turned up at various filling stations on Thursday morning to buy the product were left disappointed as they had to purchase it at the old price.
During visits to filling stations in Lagos, Ondo, Abuja, Adamawa and Bayelsa by SaharaReporters correspondents on Thursday, it was observed that nothing significant had change as managers and attendants at facilities visited totally ignored the new directive by government.
At Total filling station in the Maryland area of Lagos for example, the price of petrol per litre was still set at N145.
An attendant at the station, who asked not to be named, said he had not received directives from his manager to sell at the reviewed price.
Just across the road at the Oando filing station, Onigbongbo, it was the same story as the product was still being sold for N145 per litre.
“The way you heard it in the news was the way we also heard it. We are not clear on the directive, so we are still selling at N145.
“Maybe if you check back by weekend, it may have changed,” said Ayo Kazeem, an attendant at the station.
At Eterna filling station in the Aguda, Ogba area of Lagos, petrol still sells for N143.
An attendant SaharaReporters spoke with, said they were still having old stock and cannot sell at a loss.
“The management is yet to issue a directive for us to reduce the pump price,” the attendant said.
A survey of some petrol stations in Ikeja, Lagos, showed that the product still sells for the old price of N145 per litre.
At MRS filling station in Ikeja, one attendant, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said he was aware of the reduction but had not been directed to sell at the new rate.
He said, “I heard from news that the government had ordered the reduction in price but my boss has not directed me to start selling at the new price.”
The attendant said the branch office will immediately start selling once they got the order to do so.