The Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government has granted licenses to Eterna Plc, Emadeb Energy Services Limited, and Asharami Energy to import petrol into the country from next month.
The three oil companies were given permission to import petrol by the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA).
The three companies were the first among the six oil firms licensed to import petrol by July.
A source said: “The licensed companies are Eterna PIc, Emade Energy Services Limited, and Asharami Energy.”
“Dangote refinery is surprisingly not among the first three companies, but there are strong indications that the company will be among the companies granted the importation permit in the near future” another source said.
Following the withdrawal of the petrol subsidy, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited said it is no longer the sole supplier of petrol in the country.
Prior to the subsidy removal, the company served as the country’s last-resort supplier, ensuring a steady distribution of petroleum products.
He had said: “Already, three oil marketers will from July this year start importing petroleum products into the country.”
On Monday, NMDPRA boss Farouk Ahmed said the number of companies granted permission to import petroleum into the country has increased to six.
He said: “There are six companies who said they want to import fuel in July. Of course, all the others may import in December, in November, or anytime but those who expressed interest to bring in fuel in July there were six of them as of this morning.”