Petroleum Minister, Ibe Kachikwu says building refineries will solve fuel-related challenges
Written by Morenike Adebayo on January 4, 2018
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, says the Federal Government is working assiduously to revamp the country’s refineries to address the problems of fuel crisis in the country.
Kachikwu said this today in Abuja during a one-day public hearing of the National Assembly Joint Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), investigating the causes of recent fuel scarcity recorded across the country since December 2017.
The minister, who decried the poor state of the refineries over the years, condemned their inability to produce sufficient fuel for the country. According to him, it is shameful that a country after over thirty-five years cannot produce sufficient fuel for its citizens.
While noting that a lot of work is ongoing to ensure private sector participation in refining crude oil, the minister said there will be no permanent solution to the fuel crisis in the country unless the nation builds operational refineries.