The lack of proper maintenance by NNPC is said to be the cause of the poor state of Nigeria’s refineries.
The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Mele Kyari, made this known when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) in Abuja on Monday. He said,
“The oil industry is a technology-based industry and this technology evolves every day. I can assure in the entire global oil and gas industry, there is nowhere you would have gone that you would not find a skilled Nigerian working in the oil and gas industry. And indeed, we are probably the largest contributor to skilled manpower in the industry of all the black nations of the world.
“Today in the industry, over 90 percent of the technical personnel are sourced locally; they are run by Nigerians. There is really no paucity of such capacity. What is true is that the engagement of these people has not been optimized. And this is what we need to work with the Nigerian Content Development Board, to make sure that certain skills that come up from time to time on need basis are provided
“Let me address the issue of refineries: the refineries didn’t fail because there were no skills, they failed because we are unable to take care of the refineries. And we don’t have to give excuses why we didn’t take care of them. We can blame anyone. But what we have decided to do is to make them work. There is no scarcity of skilled people.
“The will is there today and our plan is to get them to work. And I assure you that the plans we have in place will deliver these refineries. There is no issue around