July 25, 2024
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Nigerian Senate Dismisses Reports on Refinery Management Investigation

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has refuted recent media reports claiming that it would uncover all fraudulent activities associated with the contracts and management of the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the nation’s refineries.

Last week, a news report suggested that the Senate’s Ad-hoc Committee on Investigation of Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) in the nation’s refineries had pledged to expose all fraudulent practices linked to the contracts and management of the process.

Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee, expressed dissatisfaction with the “unfortunate reports” during an interactive session on Thursday, clarifying that the National Assembly had not reached a verdict on the matter as it is still under investigation.

“I apologize for the reports. I was quoted out of context,” Senator Ubah stated during the session, emphasizing that the Committee’s primary concern is to ensure the full rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.

In response, Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of NNPC Ltd, raised concerns about the news report and assured Nigerians that the delivery timelines for the Port Harcourt and other refineries remain unchanged.

Contained in an official statement published on NNPC’s X (formerly Twitter) handle, Kyari provided updates on the progress, stating that “we will make sure that promises that we made about the rehabilitation of these refineries are kept.”

“We did a mechanical completion of PHRC in December. Now, we have crude oil already stocked in it. It is currently undergoing regulatory compliance test before we restream it. I assure you that this refinery will start in next two weeks.”

“For Warri, we have also done mechanical work on it. It is undergoing regulatory compliance processes that we are doing with our regulators. Kaduna will be ready by December this year, but we have not reached that stage. We believe that it will also be ready on schedule,” the GCEO stated.

Currently, the Port Harcourt Refinery has received 450,000 barrels of crude oil for processing following its mechanical completion last year.

Kyari stressed the importance of cooperation among all stakeholders in the rehabilitation process and urged Nigerians to recognize the commitment of all involved in serving the country diligently.

The Senate Ad-hoc Committee plans to conduct on-the-spot assessments of the progress at the Kaduna, Warri, and Port Harcourt refineries in the near future.

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