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FG now paying N42 subsidy per litre of petrol, says PPPRA

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  • Set price for March at ₦211.11 per litre

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) says the expected price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol for March 2021 is 211.11 per litre.

This is shown in its latest pricing template published on the agency’s website based on the average costs of imported petroleum products.

According to the PPPRA, the new price, is expected to commence from March 1st and run till March 31, 2021.

It thus gave an indication that the Federal Government is spending an average of N42 to subsidise a litre of the petrol for Nigerians through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

The subsidy amount was calculated based on the the fact that the price of the commodity is still being sold at an average of N170 in petrol stations across the country.

Indeed, the PPPRA confirmed that fuel subsidy actually officially returned in February 2021.

According to the downstream oil sector regulator, the actual pump price of the PMS for February was between N183.74 and N186.74 per litre, meaning that the FG paid an average of N16 per litre for petrol in the month.

But in January 2021, the PPPRA disclosed that the price of the commodity was between N163.36 per litre and N166.36 per litre.

A review of the pricing template showed an average price per tonne of petrol is $561.96, or N169.22 per litre, while the average freight rate (North-West Europe to West Africa) of about $21.63 per tonne, or N6.51 per litre.

This translates into an expected ex-coastal price of about N175.73 per litre.

Further analysis of the component charges in the pricing template showed that average littering expenses were put at about N4.81 per litre; Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) charge N2.49 per litre; NIMASA charge, N0.23 per litre; Jetty Thru put of N1.61 per litre and storage charge of N2.58 per litre and average finance cost of N2.17 per litre, translating to an expected landing cost per litre of N189.61.

When other component charges are factored into the price computation, including the wholesale margin of N4.03 per litre; administration charge of N1.23 per litre; transporters’ allowance (NTA) of N3.89 per litre; bridging fund cost of N7.51 per litre and marine transport average (MTA) of N0.15 per litre, the expected ex-depot price for wholesale products marketers would be N206.42 per litre.

The PPPRA further stated that the inclusion of retailers’ margin of about N6.19 per litre would bring the pump price of petrol to N212.61 per litre.

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Photos: Coscharis rolls out new Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar F-Pace

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Coscharis Motors on Wednesday unveiled the 2021 edition of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Jaguar F-Pace at its Lekki-Epe Expressway head office, Lagos.
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CBN fixes N1m application fee for payment service firm

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Anyone intending to set up a payment service holding company will have to pay a mandatory application fee of N1m, the Central Bank of Nigeria has announced.
This, it said, was part of the guidelines for the establishment and regulation of payments service holding companies in Nigeria.
Musa Jimoh, CBN’s director of payments system management department, stated this in a circular.
The guidelines require companies that intend to offer both switching and processing, and mobile money services to set up a PSHC structure.
“This arrangement would prevent commingling of activities, facilitate management of risks and enable the Central Bank of Nigeria exercise adequate regulatory oversight on all the companies operating within the Group (PSHC),” the circular stated.
The CBN said promoters of a PSHC would be required to submit a formal application for the grant of a licence.
But it said the application process would be in two phases: approval-in-principle (AIP) and a final licence.
According to the guidelines, the capital requirement to apply for an AIP is “a non-refundable application fee of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira only) or such other amount that the CBN may specify from time to time; payable to the Central Bank of Nigeria, through electronic transfer.
“Not later than six (6) months after obtaining the AIP, the promoters of a proposed PSHC shall submit an application to the CBN for the grant of a final licence.
“The application shall be accompanied with non-refundable licensing fee of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira only), or such other amount that the CBN may specify from time to time, payable to the Central Bank of Nigeria by electronic transfer.”
The apex bank explained that a PSHC would be set up for the purposes of making and managing equity investment in two or more companies being its subsidiaries, which are payments service providers across three categories: mobile money operations, switching and processing, and payment solution services.
It said, “PSHC shall be non-operating, existing solely to carry out investment in approved subsidiaries without engaging in the day-to-day management and operations of subsidiaries.
“It shall have a board size of between 5 and 10 or as determined by applicable CBN Corporate Governance Guidelines.”
The CBN added that no PSHC is allowed to borrow from the Nigerian banking system for the purpose of capitalising itself or any of its subsidiaries.

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UAE lifts ban on transit flights from Nigeria, others

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The United Arab Emirates has announced the exclusion of some countries from which entry has been prohibited, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda, as of August 5.
These categories of travellers named are those with valid residency permits who have received full vaccination doses in the UAE and 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose and who have vaccination certificates approved by the official authorities in the country.
Others are medical personnel working in the country will be excluded, including doctors, nurses, technicians from the vaccinated and non-vaccinated, and those working in the educational sector in the country who teach in universities, colleges, schools and institutes from the vaccinated and non-vaccinated categories.
Students studying in the country and humanitarian cases (vaccinated or not vaccinated) who hold valid residency, workers in federal and local government agencies, and cases of completing treatment in the country, whether they are catering or not, will be excluded.
All of these categories will be required to submit a request on the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to obtain the necessary approvals in addition to vaccination certificates certified by the concerned authorities in the country for the categories from which these certificates are required.
The excluded groups will be obligated to submit a prior (PCR) laboratory test within (48) hours from the date of departure, provided that the tests are from accredited laboratories, bear a QR Code, and conduct a quick laboratory test before boarding the plane.
In addition to applying precautionary and preventive measures to receive arrivals, including quarantine and PCR checks upon and after arrival, in addition to follow-up and health monitoring of arrivals.
Travel will resume for transit passengers from all countries from which transit passengers were previously suspended, provided that the traveler’s last destination is accepted and a laboratory examination is submitted within 72 hours from the time of departure, and the country’s airports will allocate special lounges for transit passengers.

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