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By Andah John

Petroleum workers have registered their displeasure over the suspected plan by the Federal Government to hike the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol.

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), made their position known to the House of Representatives of Monday.

In a joint paper to the Chairman, House Committee on the Review of Pump Price of Premium Motor Spirit, the unions stated that an increase in the pump price portends increase in hardship.

“The recession is biting hard on all Nigerians. Any attempt to further review the template will further impoverish ordinary Nigerians, as the additional price will be transferred to the end users of the product.

No plan to increase price, says NNPC boss

However, the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, dismissed reports of any upward review of the price of petrol.

In a similar vein, the head of the Nigeria Petroleum Marketing Company (NPMC), Farouk Ahmed said his outfit cannot afford to further throw Nigerians into the well of hardship with price increase.