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NEITI to investigate daily petrol consumption figure

NEITI to investigate daily petrol consumption figure
June 21
10:22 2023

The Nigerian Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) says there is no credible data to ascertain the daily consumption of petrol in Nigeria.

Orji Ogbonnaya, its executive secretary, said the agency will conduct a study to ascertain the accurate fuel consumption in the country.

The NEITI executive secretary spoke on Monday at the stakeholders validation workshop on the 2022 Annual Progress Report (APR) in Abuja.

Nigeria’s daily petrol consumption has remained a matter of mystery.


In 2022, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited said Nigerians consume “60 million litres of petrol daily”.

The figure was challenged by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) which claimed that the national oil firm “lifts 98 million litres into the market”.

“If we are consuming 60 million litres of PMS per day by their (NNPC) own computation, why would you allow the release of 98 million litres per day?” NCS had queried.


On June 1, 2023 — nearly a year later — Mele Kyari, group chief executive officer (GCEO) of the NNPC, concluded that “there is no credible data to ascertain the daily consumption of petrol in Nigeria”.

As a result, Ogbonnaya stressed on the need for an empirical figure at the stakeholders forum.

We believe that the figures that are being thrown up as daily consumption of PMS (fuel) in Nigeria are not very correct,” Ogbonnaya said.

“We think we need to have an empirical figure and that is why NEITI is commissioning a study on the actual PMS consumption in Nigeria.


“We have every reason to believe that the figure may be less than what is being projected and the removal of subsidy has also removed all the incentives for hiking this figure in a manner that lacks empirical and logical reason.”

Ogbonnaya said the agency has been pushing for the removal of fuel subsidies and now that it has been removed, the oil sector activities will become more transparent instead of being shrouded in secrecy.

The removal of subsidy will remove a lot of opacity and suspicion in budgeting based on estimates. That is why subsidy removal is a very fundamental policy shift that needs to be sustained,” he added.

“For a very long time, my disposition has been for the removal of subsidy. And this government, right from day one, has taken that bold step. There shouldn’t be any going back.


“We should move forward from there and then put in place a robust arrangement that will show a clear departure from the way and manner we have operated under subsidy. Nigerians want to see what will change when the subsidy is no more.

“And we have highlighted this because we know that subsidies put a lot of impediments on transparency and accountability in the management of revenues from the oil and gas industry over the years.”


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