The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has petitioned the incoming Minister of State for Petroleum to lobby the federal government to connect the illicit refineries in the creeks to the national grid.
In an interview on Tuesday in Awka, Mr. Chinedu Anyaso, Chairman of IPMAN, Enugu Depot Community in charge of Anambra, Ebonyi, and Enugu States, congratulated the freshly sworn-in ministers.
To refresh your memory, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri was recently appointed to the position of Hon. Minister of State (Oil) under the Petroleum Resources portfolio, while Hon. Ekperipe Ekpo holds the position of Hon. Minister of State (Gas).
“The new Minister of State for Petroleum who is from the Niger Delta should encourage the government to bring operators of the illegal refineries in the creeks to the national grid,” Anyaso was quoted as saying by NAN.
While we wait for the larger refineries to start up again, the government shouldn’t go after them and destroy their infrastructure, but instead invite them to be a part of the solution.
“Foreign exchange pressure will be eased as a result of this.”