…says Nigeria cannot consume more than 35m litres of petrol daily
State governors have disagreed with figures that put daily consumption of petrol in Nigeria between 60-65 million litres, accusing country’s oil firm, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of fraudulent activities.
The governors made this known on Wednesday after a delegation led by Abdulaziz Yari, chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and governor of Zamfara state, met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa in Abuja.
According to Yari who spoke to state house correspondents on behalf of the governors, argued that the claim of 60-65 million litres daily petrol consumption, which bears on subsidy payment, is doubtful, demanding thorough probe of oil subsidy payments from 2015.
They also demanded immediate closure of fuel stations less than 10 kilometres to the nation’s borders.
“When there was no cost recovery, the NNPC clearly gave us the number of 33 and 35 million litres per day as the consumption of Nigeria.
“But now with the new regime of cost recovery, NNPC is claiming daily consumption of 60 and 65 million litres per day, which we rejected and said no.
“So, many of our international partners are saying that even if we are feeding Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Niger, we cannot consume more than 35 million litres per day.
“So, we are wondering where the 60 million litres is coming from. So, we are trying to sort that one out; that one is not yet resolved.
“But, we are now taking a very hard decision; because NNPC said the reason why they were lifting 60 million per day is because our borders are porous, we have taken the decision that any filling station that is 10 kilometres on the border side should be closed by DPR.
“And then, we will do re-certification according to the needs. Secondly, we have directed the minister of finance in collaboration with the DPR and the NNPC to put tracking devices on every truck in other to monitor where they are discharging the fuel.
“That is because we are suspicious of the number; we cannot confirm the difference from 30 million litres per day consumption to 60 and 65 million litres per day. So, these are our decisions on the NNPC,” Yari said.
On curbing illegal exportation of fuel imported to the country, the governors asked the DPR to implant tracking device to all trucks transporting petroleum products in the country.
The governors also demanded that NNPC must henceforth clearly differentiate its earnings in sales as against taxes before remitting funds to the federation account to avoid unexplained shortfalls.
In attendance at the meeting were governors of Akwa Ibom, Edo, Bayelsa, Kaduna and Kebbi states; Udom, Emmanuel, Godwin Obaseki, Seriake Dickson, Nasir el-Rufai and Atiku Bagudu.
The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, as well as a representative of the NNPC GMD, also attended the meeting which ended at few minutes after 8pm.