The latest PMS Weekly Evacuation and Dispatch data from the Nigerian National Petroleum Limited (NNPC Limited) have shown that the six south-south states led by Delta and Edo, received 1,587 trucks of PMS from February 4 to 10, 2023.

NNPC Limited made the disclosure on its official twitter handle today, showing the depots with the highest load out and the number of trucks of PMS dispatched to each of the states of the federation within that specified period in February.

In all, the 36 states of the federation and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) received 9, 822 trucks of PMS during the six-day period, translating to 1,637 trucks per day.

This disclosure came as the country faces fuel scarcity, a few days to the presidential election with some stakeholders sounding a note of warning the elections could be derailed if adequate fuel is not made available in the country due to the heavy dependence of the exercise on logistics.

Within the south-south sub region, Delta State received 604 trucks of PMS in six days, which translated to a dispatch of 100 trucks of PMS to the state on a daily basis. Edo State received 339 trucks of PMS within that period, implying an average of 57 trucks of PMS were dispatched to the state on a daily basis within the reference period.

Rivers State received 239 trucks of PMS; Akwa Ibom received 214 trucks of PMS; Cross River, 142 trucks of PMS, while Bayelsa received 49 trucks of PMS from February 4 to 10, 2023 according to NNPC Limited.

At an average of 33,000 litres per truck, the south-south geopolitical zone received about 52.371 million litres of PMS from February 4 to 10 2023 which translated to 8.728 million litres per day.

Across the entre federation, Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, got 2,267 trucks of PMS. It was followed by FCT Abuja, 707 trucks, and Oyo State with 629 trucks of PMS during the reference period.

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The states that received the least number of trucks of PMS are Bayelsa, 49; Zamfara, 48, and Ebonyi, 25 trucks of PMS.

In Benin City, a litre of PMS still sells for between N250 to N280 in most of the petrol stations, and could have been higher if not for the task force constituted by the state government.

Henry Akpabio, a resident within the south-south sub region stated that in spite of the number of trucks dispatched to Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, a litre of PMS is still as high as N470 in those states, disappointed that the inflow of PMS into the region has not brought about reduction in price.

He said: “All these figures have no effect on the people of Akwa Ibom State and Rivers State, respectively, as most of the fuel stations are closed and the very few that open, dispense fuel at N420/470.”

“Why are NIPCO selling so high in Port Harcourt when they receive the second largest in the country?” Sowari Jaja asked.

According to NNPC Limited, the highest load-out depot from February 4 to 10 was Pinnacle-Lekki, where 71.53 million litres of PMS were dispatched within the six-day period in February. NIPCO dispatched 29.53 million litres of PMS while AITEO dispatched 28.71 million litres of PMS.

Others are Matrix, 19.79 million litres; TSL, 19.69 million litres; MRS Limited, 19.09 million litres, and Techno 16.43 million litres.

Across the nation, 502.21 million litres of PMS were dispatched from February 4 to 10, out of which 87 percent were from the top 30 depots, culminating in a daily average dispatch of 71.74 million litres of PMS.