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The Federal Government yesterday said it has taken measures to end the guess work on the millions of litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) used daily in the county.

It will be recalled that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) recently put the daily consumption of petroleum in the country at 50 million litres.

However, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in a recent interview, had faulted the NNPC figure, saying that the daily consumption of petroleum in the country was within 20 and 22 million litres per day.

But the Director, Strategic Communications of the APC Campaign Council, Mr. Festus Keyamo, also faulted the claim by the Director-General of the PDP Campaign Council, Senator Bukola Saraki, on the millions of litres of petroleum consumed daily.

According to Keyamo, the NNPC figure was right since the country had recorded 40 million litres of petroleum consumption per day in the past.

Speaking yesterday at a training programme for energy correspondents, Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), Alhaji Ahmed Bobboi, said the actual litres of petroleum consumption per day was unknown.

According to him, what NNPC gave out and what was captured by PEF were quite different and we want to end this guess work of litres consumed per day.

He said this could be achieved by the introduction of Censor Monitoring Project, which the agency was embarking on.

According to him, the censor monitoring programme would also be useful to other government agencies in the area of proper data capturing for policy making.

In his remarks at the training, Bobboi said: “We have introduced some few policies recently, this include censor monitoring project.

“I think this is major, in that it does not stop in serving PEF, it also extends to other agencies, including the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which will require some information that will provide in terms of records of petroleum products landing in this country, or produced in the refineries.

“It can also extend data, which probably the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) can use in terms of registration of vehicles, vehicles on the roads, just as agencies like PPPRA, DPR, Ministry of Petroleum Resources and even Central Bank can use for planning purposes.

“So, you can see Censor Monitoring Programme goes beyond PEF, this is key because up till today it is difficult to determine how much we consume daily in this country in terms of PMS for instance.”

The media training was to refresh energy correspondents on the activities of PEF and for better reportage of the agency.

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