The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reiterated that the corporation would henceforth monitor the distribution of petrol across the country electronically.
This is part of the measures employed by the corporation to check the activities of smugglers and product diversion.
This disclosure was made by the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari while speaking at the public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on finance on 2022 to 2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).
Kyari said that there was an ongoing initiative to put electronic monitor on tank and fuel stations that would monitor the distribution of fuel in the country adding that with the electronic monitoring, every truck carrying fuel would be visible as they discharged their load and would see all the fuel stations as they discharged.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the NNPC boss disputed the fuel consumption level in the country saying that the national fuel consumption per day may not be above 60 million litres as being speculated. He, however, said that anytime NNPC supplies less than that, there would be problems.
He also said that President Muhammadu Buhari had personally directed him to take steps that would curtail cross border smuggling, while also admitting the challenges posed by land borders, aiding activities of smugglers.
He pointed out that it is quite unlikely that the country will stop the petrol subsidy in 2022, but may do so in 2023 when the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) would likely be fully activated.
He stated that the decision of the NNPC to take a board position on Dangote Refinery was a calculated attempt, adding that as of today Nigeria does not have strategic storage.
He said that Dangote had a choice to buy crude oil from anywhere in the world, but we insisted that he must buy from the country, stressing that it was a good deal the NNPC was proud to enter into.
Kyari said that contrary to insinuation, the NNPC had not abandoned the country’s refineries and it was not about taking $500 million loan to repair them.
What you should know
The NNPC had earlier revealed that the country’s economy had been losing N2 billion daily after the federal government closed land borders and fuel stations around border communities.
It can be recalled that the Federal Government had renewed the fight against the smuggling of petroleum products out of the country with a new technology commissioned by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
The new technology called Downstream Remote Monitoring System (DRMS) is aimed at checking illegal activities in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry, determining illegal petrol stations actors and providing accurate data on the industry.
The DRMS would reduce smuggling and provide credible information on how the products are being taken out of the borders, adding that the country would also be able to determine its consumption level and actual products required in the country.