The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, during a one-day public hearing of the National Assembly Joint Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), investigating the recent Fuel Crisis, said the Government is working to revamp the country’s Refineries to address the issue of fuel scarcity, The Punch reports.
The minister, who decried the poor state of the refineries over the years, condemned their inability to produce sufficient fuel for the country. “Unless we have operational refineries, there will be no permanent solution to the fuel crisis in the country,’’ Kachikwu said.
He also said that a lot of work was going on to ensure private sector participation in refining crude oil. “The gearing up of private refineries and the modular refineries will complement the efforts of the government-owned refineries to ensure there is adequate supply of petroleum products in the country,” said the minister.
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