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Dangote crashes diesel price to N1,000

Dangote Petroleum Refinery has announced a further reduction in the price of diesel. A few weeks ago, when it commenced operation, Dangote Petroleum Refinery pegged…

Dangote Petroleum Refinery has announced a further reduction in the price of diesel.

A few weeks ago, when it commenced operation, Dangote Petroleum Refinery pegged the price of diesel as N1,200.

While rolling out the products, the refinery supplied at a substantially reduced price of N1,200 per litre three weeks ago.

This represented over 30 percent reduction from the previous market price of about N1,600 per litre.

However, on Tuesday, a further reduction of N200 was noticed in the price, with the product now pegged at N1,000.

Last Wednesday, Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, had said that the significant cut in the diesel price to N1,200 would have a positive effect on inflation in Nigeria.

He spoke during a briefing with journalists following his homage visit to President Bola Tinubu for Eid-el-Fitr in Lagos.

According to Dangote, there has been considerable economic progress recently, indicating that the country is on the right path.

He said: “I believe that we are on the right track. I believe Nigerians have been patient and I also believe that a lot of goodies will now come through. There’s quite a lot of improvement because if you look at it, one of the major issues that we’ve had was the naira devaluation that has gone very aggressively up to about N1,900.

“But right now, we’re back to almost N1,250, N1,300, which is a good reprieve. Quite a lot of commodities went up. When you go to the market, for example, something that we produce locally like flour, people will charge you more. Why? Because they’re paying very high diesel prices.

“Now, in our refinery, we started selling diesel at about N1,200 instead of N1,650 and I’m sure as we go along, things will continue to improve quite a lot.

“If you look at it now, when you are buying N1,650 or N1,700 for a litre of diesel, and that one has been cut off by almost two-thirds, you are now paying N1,200 for diesel.

“This can help to bring inflation down immediately. And I’m sure when the inflation figures are out for the next month, you’ll see that there’s quite a lot of improvement in the inflation rate.”

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