Facts and figures published by the ministry of petroleum resources show that the supply of petrol increased by 12.87 million litres per day between December 2017 and January 2018.
But petrol scarcity is yet to be tackled in some parts of the country despite the increase — a clear indication that the product is being diverted.
The data showed that 2.07 million barrels of oil per day, including condensate, were produced in January as against the 2.05 million produced in December.
Accordingly, 49.84 million litres of petrol per day were distributed round the country in January as against 36.97 million litres in December.
During the same period, diesel and kerosene supply increased by 3.07 million litres per day and 380,000 litres respectively.
In some parts of the country, petrol is being sold for various prices ranging from the official price of N145 to as high as N200 in some parts of the country.
While speaking at a public hearing organised by the joint committee on petroleum downstream of the national assembly in January, Maikanti Baru, NNPC group managing director, said cross border fuel smuggling was making it hard for the corporation to meet the nation’s petrol needs.
“The sudden and unnatural shock in fuel consumption to record levels has over-stretched the direct-sale-direct-supply (DSDP) crude for product supply arrangement which was originally based on 35 million per day petrol consumption pattern,” Baru had said.
His position confirmed a report by TheCable Petrobarometer which revealed that the upward swing in the prices of crude oil in the international market was fueling the smuggling of petrol from Nigeria.