Buhari inaugurates 5,000bpd refinery in Imo

The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ) , has said the realisation of the refinery roadmap that was rolled out two years ago will enable Nigeria to export petroleum products to neighbouring countries and other markets.

Buhari said this on Tuesday at the inauguration of the 5 , 000 barrels- per- day Waltersmith Modular Refinery and the groundbreaking for a 45 , 000 – bpd plant in Imo State.

He commended Waltersmith Group , an indigenous oil firm , and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board for the collaboration that led to the construction of the refinery.

He directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources , the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation , the Department of Petroleum Resources and all other relevant government agencies to provide all the necessary support to the refinery with regards to access to crude oil and condensate feedstock.

Buhari said , “ We rolled out our refining roadmap in 2018 , to address challenges in the downstream sector . After many years of government giving out modular refining licences without any coming on – stream , we are today seeing a commissioning within two years.

“ The plan to commence the expansion of this refinery to 50 , 000 bpd capacity , to refine crude oil and condensate , is a demonstration of the economic reform Nigeria is undergoing . ”

According to the President , the refinery roadmap includes the rehabilitation of the existing refineries , collocation of new refineries and construction of greenfield plants.

“ The realisation of the refinery roadmap will ultimately lead us to becoming a net exporter of petroleum products, not only to our neighbouring countries but to other wide markets , ” he said.

The Chairman , Waltersmith Group , Mr Abdulrazaq Isa , said the refinery would deliver over 271 million litres of refined petroleum products yearly , including kerosene , diesel , naphtha and heavy fuel oils , to the domestic market.

He said the refinery started operations in November and had already supplied five million litres of petroleum products to the domestic market .


Buhari wants compulsory health insurance for corps members

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday issued a directive to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to ensure the enrolment of corps members in the National Health Insurance Scheme.

The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim who said this Monday assured that the NYSC has intensified liaison with security agencies for to ensure the security of corps members wherever they are serving in the country.

He said with the annual mobilisation of over 300,000 corp members, the NYSC no doubt, “remains the most critical platform for mentoring Nigerian youths as drivers of national unity and development.”

He added; “I wish to use this opportunity to again express our gratitude to the security agencies and other stakeholders for their support. “

“Furthermore, the scheme has concluded arrangement with the NHIS for the enrolment of corps members into the NHIS in line with a presidential directive.

“We have also expended huge resources on critical health needs of corp members, including footing of medical bills.”