We Are Not Corrupt, Our Books Are Open For Probe, Says NNPC
The Management of Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) has said the company is not corrupt and that its books are open for probe. “We invite any forensic audit of the PMS supply and subsidy management framework of the NNPC,” the company said.
Reacting to the PMS supply and subsidy controversy, NNPC management, with these words, indicated interest to throw the company’s books open for scrutiny.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) recently alleged that the activities NNPC is fraught with corruption and official lies to Nigerians.
It pointed out the amount of products NNPC claims to be pumping out daily, was questionable.
Hameed Ali, Controller General of the NCS, had, last Friday, dismissed the claim of the NNPC that it pumped 98 million litres of the Premium Motor Spirits (PMS) while daily usage stood at 60 million, saying it was grossly untenable given the dynamics of the country’s economic activities.
Ali argued: “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.
“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?”
Reacting to this, Garba Deen Muhammad, the spokesman of NNPC, insisting on NNPC’s position said, “between January and August 2022, the total volume of PMS imported into the country was 16.46 billion litres, representing an average supply of 68 million litres per day. He explained: “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).
“Daily evacuation (depot load outs) 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. 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. 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.”
Though it said it recognised the impact of maritime and cross-border smuggling of petrol on the overall supply framework, it also acknowledged the possibilities of other criminal activities in the PMS supply and distribution value chain.
Muhammad, Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, added: “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.”