The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has assured Nigerians of the sufficiency of petroleum products to meet their needs.
The agency in a statement signed by the Executive Secretary (ES) Abdulkadir Saidu, on Sunday said the clarification became necessary as the spread of the coronavirus raises fears of slowing global demand.
He stated that recent report indicates that the average Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Days Sufficiency in January was 41.34 days, AGO, 45.04 days, HHK, 9.36 days, while ATK and LPFO were 53.73 and 33.75 days respectively.
“The PPPRA January 2020 report on Oil and Gas sector operations showed that the national supply of PMS was 1,828.62 billion litres while Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK) were 423.27 million litres and 96.70 million litres respectively,” he stated.
He reassured the general public that the agency will continue to work with other relevant stakeholders towards maintaining efficient petroleum products supply in the country.
Rolling out more data to back the product availability claim, the ES said, “a similar report highlighting activities of the Agency for week 21st – 27th February 2020 revealed that the average days sufficiency stood at 42.28 days for PMS, AGO was 44.73 days while HHK was 20.36 days and ATK 36.22 days. During the week in view, the total volume of PMS and AGO discharged were 551.01 million litres and 84.84 million litres respectively.”
On development in the global market, he said, “Crude oil prices in January averaged $63.51, $64.06 and $
He noted that “The Report showed that constant monitoring of products supplies and distribution by the Agency as well as the entrenchment of responsive pricing policy through monitoring of trends in market fundamentals and updating pricing template contributed to product availability nationwide.”
He added that sharp practices by some operators were greatly reduced as a result of vessel tracking, efficient scheduling and monitoring by PPPRA independent cargo surveyors and field operatives.
He further explained that the Agency also ensured that the NNPC and other Marketers maintained strict compliance to approved guidelines for importation of petroleum products.