– Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said it is a “shame” and a “fraud” that Nigeria still import petroleum products
– Kachikwu said Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) must meet its target of ending petroleum products’ importation between 2018 and 2019
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has said that it is demeaning for Nigeria and the country economy system for Nigerian to still be importing petroleum products.
He said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) must meet its target of ending petroleum products’ importation between 2018 and 2019.
Kachikwu said: “Importation of petroleum products will have to cease. There’s absolutely no reason why a country with the resources that we have will continue to import petroleum products. It is a shame on this country, it is a fraud on the system and we are going to end it.
“We are committed to the 2018/2019 template, because it is something we have to do. The refineries are not performing to capacity and it is not going to be easy, but we have to end importation of petroleum products.
“If we do that, the downstream will survive; but if we don’t, then by the first quarter f 2020, the Dangote refinery will come on board. And if that happens, it then means we will have scraps in our hands as refineries. Therefore, there’s the urgency of now to end importation.”
Daily Post reports that he added that assets vandalism had been a major challenge of the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.
He said: “Our crude oil export pipeline system namely, Trans Forcados to the west, the Obangbiri-TemiDaba-Brass in central Niger Delta, the Nembe creek trunk line and the Trans-Niger pipeline, which evacuates crude produced onshore to export terminals, were subject to severe vandalism.
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“Similarly, the Bonny-Port Harcourt crude oil pipeline and the Escravos-Warri-Kaduna crude oil supply pipelines were not spared. In spite of this, we witnessed a peak production of 2.35 million barrels per day recorded at the beginning of 2016, which declined to an almost all-time-low of 1.3 million barrels per day per day due to incessant vandalism. Our 2016 crude oil production averaged 1.85 million barrels of oil per day.”
Meanwhile, the minister of petroleum resources Ibe Kachikwu received the secretary general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), H. E. Mohammad Barkindo, on Monday, February 27.
Speaking during a meeting to welcome Barkindo at the headquarters of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abuja, Kachikwu said the achievements of OPEC under him, within a short time showed he was the right man for the job, The Cable reports.