Nigerian Oil Minister Reassures Fuel Scarcity Will End Soon

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IBE Kachikwu, minister of State for petroleum resources and group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, on Saturday, April 23, recommissioned the Escravos-Warri-Kaduna pipeline, stressing that both Warri and Kaduna refineries are now receiving crude simultaneously for the first time in many years.

Garba Deen Muhammad, group general manager, Group Public Affairs Division, in a press statement quoted Kachikwu as saying that Warri has started working while Kaduna will start production by the end of April.

The minister noted that this means that for the first time in many years all the three refineries and major crude pipelines would be working at the same time.

Kachikwu stated that Escravos terminal is the heart beat of the downstream sector of the industry and critical to local supply of finished petroleum product as both refineries in Warri and Kaduna are majorly fed from Escravos crude stock.

“The challenge of this country is the challenge of focus and stewardship. For the first time in many years the three refineries are going to be working and it will help in a great deal with the issue of fuel supply and distribution across the country and it will go a long way to manage the fuel crisis,’’ Kachikwu said.

He enjoined Nigerians to be more patient as the corporation is working hard to end fuel shortage across the country.

“I appreciate the patients of Nigerians and I am committed and focused to make petrol available to all nooks and crannies of Nigeria,” the minister reassured.

— Apr 25, 2016 @ 3:40 GMT



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