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Caption: L-R: Chairman, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Pastor Itua Ighodalo; Mrs. Ifejinwa Ighodalo; Chairman, Alaghodaro Economic Summit LTD/GTE and Chairman, Sterling Bank Plc, Dr. Asue Ighodalo; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and his wife, Betsy, during 10th year remembrance service in honour of late Chief Jeremiah Aghedo Ighodalo in Ewohimi, Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State at the weekend.

3 Sep 2022

It's shameful Nigeria still imports fuel, says Obaseki

...Dangote assures refinery to be ready next year

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has decried Nigeria's continued importation of petroleum products despite being one of the largest producers of crude oil in the world.

The governor made the submission while speaking with journalists at Ewohimi, Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State, at the 10-year remembrance service of Chief Jeremiah Ighodalo, father of the Chairman of Sterling Bank Plc, Dr. Asue Ighodaro.

The governor described the continuous importation of fuel into the nation as a patriotic shame to Nigeria.

Obaseki said Nigeria is one of the largest producers of crude oil in the continent and as such, has no business importing fuel into the country.

“It's a shame that Nigeria is still importing fuel when we are one of the largest producers of crude oil in the continent. As a nation, we should not be importing fuel at this point in our life. It's a patriotic shame borrowing from the words of Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adiche,” he said.

Speaking to journalists on the possibility of his refinery commencing operation and providing petroleum products to Nigerians, President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote said the plant will hopefully begin supply of products in 2023.

“The refinery can provide petroleum products for the whole of Nigeria and some parts of West and Central Africa hopefully by 2023,” he noted.