NNPC supports FG’s plan to formalise illegal oil refining in Niger Delta


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it would support plans by the federal government to formalise illegal crude oil refining operations in the Niger Delta, saying it was part of the antidotes to criminality including militancy in the region, ThisDay reports.

A statement from the Group General Manager, Public Affairs of the NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, wednesday in Abuja, quoted the corporation’s Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, to have said this at the 53rd International Conference and Exhibition of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS).

Baru, according to the statement, defended the government’s plan to transform illegal refineries in the Niger Delta into legal entities for proper integration of the youth in the region. He argued that getting the youths to form consortia that could set up 1000 barrels per day modular refineries would get them off criminality and create jobs.