Governors have raised the alarm over claims by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the country consumes 65m litres of petrol daily.
Speaking to State House correspondents yesterday after a meeting between some governors and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari said the governors were concerned about the discrepancies in figures of the daily consumption.
Yari, who is also the chairman of the Nigeria governors forum said even if the country is supplying neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Ghana and Niger, Nigeria cannot consume more than 35 million liters per day.
He stated that the governors have taken the decision that any filling station that is 10 kilometers on the border side should be closed by DPR so as to check smuggling. .
He said: “On the issue of cost recovery otherwise called subsidy, the issue of subsidy resurfaced again after the efforts of Mr. President. Before now the oil was $40 per barrel and now it is about $78 a barrel, so therefore they are depending largely on importation.
“So therefore, the cost is higher than what they are selling at the filling station and they need more money. When there was no cost recovery, the NNPC clearly gave us the number of 33 and 35 million liters per day as the consumption of Nigeria.
“ But now that with the new regime of cost recovery, NNPC is claiming daily consumption of 60 and 65 million liters per day? Which we rejected and said no. So many of our international partners are saying that even if we are feeding Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Niger, we cannot consume more than 35 million liters per day. So we are wondering where the 60 million liters is coming from. So, we are trying to sort that one out, that one is not yet resolved.
“But, we are now taking a very hard decision, that because NNPC said the reason why they were lifting 60 million per day is because our borders are porous, so we have taken the decision that any filling station that is 10 kilometers on the border side should be closed by DPR.
“And, then we will do recertification according to the needs. Secondly, we have directed the minister of Finance in collaboration with the DPR and the NNPC to our tracking devices on every truck in other to monitor where they are discharging the fuel.
“Because, we are suspicious of the number, we cannot confirm the difference from 30 million liters per day consumption to 60 and 65 million lite w per day consumption. So these are our decisions on the NNPC.
Yari also said this is the second time governors are meeting with NNPC in respect of remittances into the federation account saying they are not satisfied with the way remittances are being made because there are so many questions raised on Nigeria, more especially on the 425,000 barrel domestic and 180,000 barrel component of Nigeria from the Joint Venture Partners.