The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) have published conflicting data on the petrol stock available in the country.
Assuring citizens of petrol availability in the country, Mele Kyari, the NNPC group managing director, said the current stock would last for 60 days.
“There is absolutely no scarcity anywhere; our supply is robust, we have fuel that will last this country even for 60-days if assuming we do not import any,” he told journalists in Abuja on Sunday.
“Of course people because of the pandemic, stay at home, may try to conserve fuel, there is no need to do this.
“Maintain your normal life, we have secured all assurances that trucks will be moving freely across the country throughout this period of difficulty and supply will be sustained.”
However, data published on the DPR website showed that the country’s depot stock would be sufficient for 24 days.
“As at 26th March 2020, the cumulative depot stock of PMS at the depots was 935,570,757 litres (combined PMS stock owned by PPMC, major and independent marketers) vis-à-vis 978,672,482 litres on 25th March 2020 indicating a decrease of depot PMS stock due to vessel discharges and truck out activities,” the depot stock section of the DPR website read.
“Applying the estimated daily national demand of 38,200,000 (thirty-eight million two hundred thousand) litres, available depot PMS stock of 935,570,757 litres is sufficient for 24 days.”
There are a total of 82 depots in the country and 54 depots had liftable petrol as of March 26.