VAM News Update
THE Nigerian government might spend more to subsidise Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) as oil prices rose, yesterday, following predictions of tighter supply by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
With diesel and aviation fuel already hovering close to N1,000 per litre, there are indications that tougher times could lie ahead for businesses, especially in the manufacturing and aviation sectors.
This came as OPEC’s monthly report for August, released yesterday, noted that Nigeria’s crude oil production stood at 1,181 million barrel per day, with an increase of 100,000, compared to the output in July.
Although Nigeria should be enjoying windfall from oil price, which rose to about a 10-month high, selling at $92.28 a barrel, the inability to refine locally and increase production output has not helped matters.
“Crude prices are rallying after the OPEC’s monthly report showed the oil market is going to be a lot tighter than initially thought,” Edward Moya, senior market analyst at data and analytics firm, OANDA, said.