The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is still engaging in discussions for the importation of crude oil from the Niger Republic for the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) despite its apparent inactions for one year after the plan was unveiled, THISDAY reports.

As part of the efforts to address frequent disruptions to the supply of crude oil to the Kaduna Refinery as a result of the Niger Delta militancy, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru had confirmed that the corporation was considering importing crude oil from Chad and Niger Republic.

However, one year after the plan was unveiled, no tangible steps have been taken to set up the technical and steering committees and commence the construction of pipelines, leading to speculations that the plan has been cancelled.

When contacted at the weekend, the Public Affairs Manager of Kaduna Refinery, Mr. Idris Abdullahi, said he did not have the updates on the planned importation and referred inquiries to the spokesman of NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu.

On his part, Ughamadu confirmed that discussions for the planned importation of crude from the Niger Republic for the refinery are still ongoing. “Discussions are still on. I have not been informed of any cancellation,” he said.