The Minster of State for Petroleum Ibe Kachikwu said yesterday it will be sad if the nation’s refineries are not functional by the end of next year. He added that the administration is committed to ensuring that the importation of petroleum products is curtailed.

Kachikwu spoke at Ibigwe-Ohaji in Ohaji\Egbema council area of Imo State during the ground-breaking for construction of the 5,000 BPD Modular Refinery by Walter Smith Petro-Chemical Limited. The project is being partnered by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

He said that the Buhari administration was committed to ensuring that the nation’s refineries became functional by the end of 2019. The Minister who commended the management of Walter Smith for partnering the NCDMB to realize the project said that he was hopeful that in 18 months the modular refinery would be inaugurated.

Source: The Nation