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E-News : Buhari Vows To Reduce Fuel Price Below N100, Unveils Pla litter

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has said it has concluded a plan to hold a national conference on integrating artisanal/modular petroleum refinery operations to improve the capacity of the products and bring down prices of petroleum products.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Ita Enang, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the Presidency will hold the conference on March 16 and 17.

Mr. Enang noted that the summit’s outcome would help to crash the country’s prices of petroleum products.

He added that the conference aimed to integrate local refining capacity into refining petroleum products such as petrol, kerosene, diesel, and other petrochemical products.

According to him, the conference will mobilise all Nigerian assets, including technologists, engineers, and other relevant disciplines, including those producing petroleum products at the creeks.

He said, “As the cost of crude goes higher, the price of refined petroleum products goes higher, but if we refine these petroleum products in Nigeria, the cost will be very low.

The intendment of the conference is to mobilise these resources so that we can bring the prices of refined petroleum products down to below N100 per litre.”

Mr. Enang further said the conference would help protect the environment, explaining that the conference will not legitimise illegal mining but integrate the operators into the legitimate refining process.

He also said the urgency of holding the conference was because the National Assembly had promised to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill by April.

“Most of the issues that will be addressed at the conference are such issues that will require legislation, so any agreement that will be reached which requires legislation will be accommodated in the PIB,” he disclosed.

Recall that the Senate is currently riled up as the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, confirmed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, paid N443 billion as petroleum subsidy without due approval from the National Assembly.

The Account General of the Federation was invited by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts sequel to the query issued by the Auditor General of the Federation Office in its 2016 report

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