In a bid to redress and put an end to the lingering fuel scarcity in the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has assured that two of the country’s refineries would resume refining crude oil for local consumption within the month of April.
It was gathered that the two refineries (Port Harcourt and Kaduna), were shut simultaneously late January after the Bonny-Okrika crude supply line to Port Harcourt and the Escravos-Warri crude supply line to the Kaduna refinery suffered breaches.
Speaking to newsmen after inspecting some petrol stations in Abuja on Sunday, the Group Executive Director/ Chief Operating Officer (COO), NNPC (Downstream), Mr. Henry Ikem Obih said all the refineries were at various stages of resumption.
He said, “In terms of moving them closer to their optimal yield, there is a lot of work going on through the great work done by our engineers. We are hoping that within this month of April we would also have locally produced fuel as part of what people are buying at the pump.”
“We are working extremely hard to ensure that we eliminate the queues. What we have seen today is encouraging but we are still not there. We will be there when you go into a couple of filling stations and you are able to buy fuel and drive away.”