Nigeria Paid for 24 Million Liters of Unconsumed Fuel Daily in 2011

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Nigeria paid for 24m litres of excess fuel daily in 2011

By Ben Agande and Emman Ovuakporie
Sweet Crude

ABUJA—The Ad-Hoc Committee of Nigeria’s House of Representatives investigating the management of goverment’s subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol was told Wednesday that the government paid for 59 million litres of the product daily in 2011, an excess of 24 million litres over the country’s daily consumption of 35 million litres.

Alarmed by the revelation, the committee expressed dismay that the gap between what was supplied and the consumption capacity provided opportunity for the perpetration of sharp practices in the fuel subsidy regime.

Reginald Stanley

Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Reginald Stanley, while testifying before the committee, said the amount of petrol imported per day in 2011 was 59 litres.

But the Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, had on Tuesday given the daily consumption capacity as 35 million litres.

Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Farouk Lawan, said:

“How could the nation be made to pay for 59 million litres daily when we consume only 35 million litres daily? The balance of 24 million litres per day might be the area of sharp practices. By making that provision, you are encouraging smuggling because we know that this 24 million litres balance would simply be smuggled out of the country since it has been paid for already and we cannot consume it.”

When asked whether the country had the storage facility that could accommodate the sum total of the excess 24 million litres per day multiplied by the 365 days in 2011, the PPPRA boss said the nation’s storage capacity could only accommodate 1.4 billion litres of fuel.

“This is a case of serious economic sabotage because when the daily supply excess of 24 million litres is multiplied by 365 days, you get 8.76 billion litres. This is the volume of fuel that might have been smuggled out of the country in 2011.”

The helmsman of the regulatory body drew the attention of the committee to what he called serious challenges facing the oil industry, pointing out that of the 46 depots in the country, only four could accommodate “mother vessels” bringing imported products to the country.

He advised the National Assembly to give accelerated consideration to the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to facilitate the deregulation of the petroleum sector.

The Executive Secretary, however, said:

“It is very important that we begin to build strategic fuel reserves in the country. In most countries of the world, reserves are built to last for at least one month in case of fuel supply cut, but Nigeria does not have reserve that can last for one week.”

Meanwhile, apparently making reference to the outburst of Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Mr Julius Ndubusi Nwagwu, on the N45 billion the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was owing the Customs Service, Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr Austen Oniwon, at the hearing, promised that the debt would be settled after reconciliation.

Oniwon in a response to a question on the debt, responded that the corporation would pay, but after it must have carried out some reconciliation processes with the Customs.

 

Source:  Sweet Crude

 Read: Nigeria: Billions Siphoned by Corruption Could Have Been Used to Maintain Fuel Subsidy

 

 

Excess 24 Million Litres Daily Imports of Fuel Unaccounted – Petroleum Regulator

Adesuwa Tsan
Leadership Newspapers

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) yesterday informed the House of Representatives’ ad-hoc committee investigating the management of subsidy on petrol (Premium Motor Spirit -PMS) that the federal government recorded about 59 million litres daily in 2011, leaving an excess of 24 million that are not accounted for.

The Executive Secretary of the PPPRA, Mr. Reginald Stanley, stated this while testifying before the committee on Wednesday.

This is against the backdrop of the declaration by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, before the committee that the country consumed 35 million litres daily within the same period.

But expressing surprise at the revelation, The Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Hon. Farouk Lawan, said,

“How could the nation be made to pay for 59 million litres daily when we consume only 35 million litres daily? The balance of 24 million litres per day might be the area of sharp practices. By making that provision, you are encouraging smuggling because we know that these 24 million litres balance would simply be smuggled out of the country since it has been paid for already and we cannot consume it.”

Stanley also informed the committee that the storage facility required to store the excess product daily was non-existent, considering that the storage facility could only take 1.4billion litres of fuel.

But this revelation further irked Farouk who said,

“This is a case of serious economic sabotage because when the daily supply excess of 24 million litres is multiplied by 365 days, you get 8.76 billion litres. This is the volume of fuel that might have been smuggled out of the country in 2011.”

Pleading for speedy passage of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Stanley lamented that the industry was faced with serious challenges, while informing the lawmakers that of the 46 depots in the country, only four could accommodate “mother vessels” bringing imported products to the country.

He said,

“It is very important that we begin to build strategic fuel reserves in the country. In most countries of the world, reserves are built to last for at least one month in case of fuel supply cut, but Nigeria does not have reserve that can last for one week.”

 

Source: Leadership Newspapers

 

Excess 24 Million Litres Daily Imports of Fuel Unaccounted – Petroleum Regulator

Adesuwa Tsan
Leadership Newspapers

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) yesterday informed the House of Representatives’ ad-hoc committee investigating the management of subsidy on petrol (Premium Motor Spirit -PMS) that the federal government recorded about 59 million litres daily in 2011, leaving an excess of 24 million that are not accounted for.

The Executive Secretary of the PPPRA, Mr. Reginald Stanley, stated this while testifying before the committee on Wednesday.

This is against the backdrop of the declaration by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, before the committee that the country consumed 35 million litres daily within the same period.

But expressing surprise at the revelation, The Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Hon. Farouk Lawan, said,

“How could the nation be made to pay for 59 million litres daily when we consume only 35 million litres daily? The balance of 24 million litres per day might be the area of sharp practices. By making that provision, you are encouraging smuggling because we know that these 24 million litres balance would simply be smuggled out of the country since it has been paid for already and we cannot consume it.”

Stanley also informed the committee that the storage facility required to store the excess product daily was non-existent, considering that the storage facility could only take 1.4billion litres of fuel.

But this revelation further irked Farouk who said,

“This is a case of serious economic sabotage because when the daily supply excess of 24 million litres is multiplied by 365 days, you get 8.76 billion litres. This is the volume of fuel that might have been smuggled out of the country in 2011.”

Pleading for speedy passage of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Stanley lamented that the industry was faced with serious challenges, while informing the lawmakers that of the 46 depots in the country, only four could accommodate “mother vessels” bringing imported products to the country.

He said,

“It is very important that we begin to build strategic fuel reserves in the country. In most countries of the world, reserves are built to last for at least one month in case of fuel supply cut, but Nigeria does not have reserve that can last for one week.”

 

Source: Leadership Newspapers

 

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