We are ready for forensic audit of fuel supply says NNPC

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    The Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC Limited, has stated its readiness for a forensic audit of its petrol supply and subsidy management in the country.

    NNPC, in a statement on Saturday by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Garba Deen Muhammad, declared: “We invite any forensic audit of the PMS supply and subsidy management framework of the NNPC,” while insisting that daily fuel supply is 67 million litres.

    This follows assertions by the Comptroller General, Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Hameed Ali, who refuted claims by the NNPC that the country consumes about 60 million litres of premium motor spirit, PMS, also called petrol daily.

    Ali, who spoke on Thursday before the House of Representatives Committee on Finance, alleged that NNPC was supplying an excess of 38 million litres of petrol daily since “98 million litres” were lifted daily from the depots.

    “If I am operating a fuel station today and I go to Minna depot, lift petrol and take it to Kaduna, I may get to Kaduna in the evening and offload that fuel. There is no way I would have sold off that petrol immediately to warrant another load”, he said.

    “So, how did you get to 60 million litres per day? That is my question. The issue of smuggling, if you release 98 million litres in actual and 60 million litres are used, the balance should be 38 million litres. How many trucks will carry 38 million litres every day? Which road are they following and where are they carrying this thing to?” he asked.

    But reacting to Ali’s contentions, the NNPC noted that between January and August 2022, the total volume of PMS imported into the country was 16.46 billion litres, which translated to an average supply of 68 million litres daily.

    The statement reads further: “Similarly, import in the year 2021 was 22.35 billion litres, which translated to an average supply of 61 million litres per day.

    “The NNPC Ltd notes that the average daily evacuation (depot truck out) from January to August 2022 stands at 67 million litres per day as reported by the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA. The Daily evacuation (depot loadouts) records of the NMDPRA do carry daily oscillation ranging from as low as four million litres to as high as 100 million litres per day”, revealed NNPC.

    “The NNPC also wishes to point out that rising crude oil prices and PMS supply costs above PPPRA (now NMDPRA) cap had forced oil marketing companies’ (OMCs) withdrawal from PMS import since the fourth quarter of 2017. In the light of these challenges, NNPC has remained the supplier of last resort and continues to transparently report the monthly PMS cost under-recoveries to the relevant authorities.

    “NNPC Limited also notes that the average Q2, 2022 international market-determined landing cost was US$1,283/MT and the approved marketing and distribution cost of N46/litre. The combination of these cost elements translates to a retail pump price of N462/litre and an average subsidy of N297/litre and an annual estimate of N65 trillion on the assumption of 60 million litres daily PMS supply. This will continuously be adjusted by market and demand realities”, stated the Coy.

    “NNPC Ltd shall continue to ensure compliance with existing governance framework that requires the participation of relevant government agencies in all PMS discharge operations, including Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Customs Service, NIMASA, and all others.”

    The Company however admitted to the possibilities of criminal activities in the PMS supply and distribution value chain and the impact of maritime and cross-border smuggling of petrol on the overall supply framework.

    The statement continues: “As a responsible business entity, NNPC will continue to engage and work with relevant agencies of the government to curtail smuggling of PMS and contain any other criminal activities. We will continue to deliver on our mandate to ensure energy security for our country with integrity and transparency.”

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