The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved a new policy that would put an end to fuel importation in the country by 2019.
The approval came on the back of a memo presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu.
It is understood that the federal government approved a 100-page petroleum policy document to end fuel importation by 2019 at FEC meeting, which was chaired by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Mr. Kachikwu said his ministry had already began implementing some of the policy.
“We are working assiduously to exit the importation of fuel in 2019 and we also captured the cash calls changes we have done which enables the sector to fund itself through incremental volumes,” he said.
Kachikwu also said the new policy captured the reorganisation in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, for efficiency and to enable accountability.
He said: “It captured the issues in the Niger Delta and what we needed to do as a government, to focus on stability and consistency in the sector.
“It is a very comprehensive 100-page document that’s deals with all the spectrum in the industry,” he said.
“It’s has been 10 Years and you are aware that the dynamics of the oil industry has changed dramatically.
“Apart from the fact of fluidity in pricing and uncertainty in terms of the price regime in crude, we are pushing for a refining processing environment and moving away from exporting as it were to refining petroleum product, that’s one change you will see.
“Secondly how we sell our crude is going to be looked at, there is a lot of geographical market we need to look at in the long term, contracting and sales as opposed to systemic contracting that we have been doing.
“Those are the fundamentals, it’s a document if well executed will fundamentally take the change process that we began in 2015 to its logical conclusion hopefully in the next couple of years.”
Meanwhile, FEC also approved the National Social Protection Policy and the National Employment Policy.