APC calls on Federal Government to quickly facilitate the importation of crude oil from Niger. The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari says it is the only way to ensure continuous flow to Kaduna refinery. They explain that the vandalism in the Niger Delta region would cause the refinery not to function optimally.
This decision is very much welcome by the APC and requests for speedy implementation of this decision. The national chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said at the APC secreteriat in Abuja, where he welcomed the Nigerien Petroleum Minister, Foumakoye Gado and Ambassador, Mansour Maman Hadj Daddo, that;
“It is already bearing fruit with the proposal for Republic of Niger to supply crude to the Kaduna refinery. For us it will make great economic sense for the refinery in Kaduna to function properly.”
The Nigerien Minister further commented;
“We are here to strengthen the relationship between the two countries specifically the political parties of both countries. We acknowledge the cordial relationship between the President of Republic of Niger and Nigeria hence the need for us to come to the Party to strengthen the relationship. We believe that the cordial executive relationship between the two countries should be replicated at Party level.
“It is line with this understanding that the two leaders (Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerien President, Mahamadou Issoufou) agreed to channel crude oil from Republic of Niger to the Kaduna refinery for refining. We have had discussion with the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Maikanti Baru, to facilitate the plan.
“The project is unprecedented because in Africa we are used to exporting crude oil instead of refining it within the continent. This is the first time two countries are coming together for this sort of bilateral crude-refining arrangement.”