The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has thrown its weight behind the Federal Government’s policy to end importation of petroleum products by 2018.
Mr Joseph Ogbebor, NUPENG’s General Secretary gave the union’s position in a meeting with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.
Nigeriaobservernews reports that the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, had said on Wednesday in Ebonyi declared that by 2018, Nigeria would stop the importation of refined petroleum items.
Ogbebor said importation of petroleum items was superfluous and called for, noticing that past administrations had neglected to make the best decision.
Nigeria as an oil-producing state and member of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), he stated, should not be bringing in refined products.
“Importation of petroleum products became unavoidable because there was no regular maintenance of the four government-owned refineries.
“This led to poor capacity utilisation and loss of jobs while promoting and sustaining jobs in countries where Nigeria imports petrol from.,” the NUPENG copyist said.
He said if new refineries were constructed and the current ones given fundamental pivoted support with satisfactory crude provided for refining for local consumption, importation of petroleum products would be pointless.
“This is what as a union we have been preaching for long. Turn the refineries around so that we can create jobs for Nigerians.
“Rather than depend on importation and by so doing create jobs outside the country while the people suffer.”
“If the government could implement it and put an end to petrol importation, it would be a welcome development and better for the economy,” Ogbebor included