WHY NNPCL MUST GET THE NATION’S REFINERIES WORKING
The nation’s hope of ending the petroleum products importation regime in the country was recently rekindled by Mr. Mr. Inyamah , the Acting Managing Director, Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC). Mr. Inyamah, a few days ago stated that the refinery will commence full operations in December 2023, has rekindled
Inyamah made this known when members of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on the state of the country’s refineries paid a visit to inspect the ongoing turnaround maintenance of the refinery in Delta state. Briefing the committee members on the level of work at the site, he said the last time maintenance work was done at the WRPC was in 2004 and 2005.
Indeed, Ika Weekly Newspaper welcomes the news as a positive one and charges the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to ensure that the nation does not deviate from this proposed date.
But beyond this news, the Newspaper management believes that there are so many things wrong with the nation’s petroleum industry.
Take as an illustration, the new management of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), must admit that the issue of crude oil theft in the country has become not just a national embarrassment but scuttling the nation’s economy. The Newspaper believes that such must not be allowed to continue.
Aside from the recent pipeline surveillance contracts awarded to some private individuals in the country, Ika Weekly Newspaper also calls on the NNPCL management to develop more creative ways of tackling the nagging challenge of crude oil theft in the country which has gotten to an alarming rate.
We are of the strong opinion that the most concrete way to achieve stability in supply and the nation’s economy is by getting all the refineries in the country to work.
NNPCL management must also recognize that with recent privatization of the Company, Nigerians expect from them more reforms and new policies that will impact the lives of its citizens.
It is our view that NNPCL does this not for political reasons but for the survival of the nation’s economy.