Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd) has come out to say that his government built three refineries, the ones in Port Harcourt, Warri, Kaduna for domestic use and was working on building additional refineries to export refined products, rather than giving the crude to several countries.
This is a reaction to Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu saying it is not possible for FG to remove subsidy on fuel currently in order to prevent the citizens of this country.
Gowon said, “I will like you to know that during our time, our plan was to build five export-oriented refineries to export instead of giving the crude to various countries.
“The three refineries, Port Harcourt, Warri, Kaduna, were designed for domestic consumption and we had planned that if our consumption grows more than the three can do, we will transfer one of the export-oriented refineries for home consumption.”
Kachikwu said, “Any President that is going to take that decision will have to weigh all the factors. Some of the factors, I don’t have here.”
“I went around Lagos this morning (yesterday). The fuel situation was just a logistics issue as available stocks can last for 28 days.”
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