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Katsina to establish refinery – Commissioner

By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – Katsina State Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf has on Sunday disclosed plans by the Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s led administration to establish a refinery in the state.

A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows workers trying to tie a pipe of the first refinery in Nigeria, which was built in 1965 in oil rich Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The Port Harcourt refinery is Nigeria’s oldest, built in 1965, nine years after crude was first found under the marshy soil and creeks of the delta, where the Niger river meanders to the Gulf of Guinea. Refineries in nearby Warri and Kaduna in the north central region were built in the years that followed, while a new plant was added to the same site in Port Harcourt in 1989. In recent years, however, it became a byword for corruption, a murky, state-run body where billions of dollars in revenue apparently disappeared. AFP PHOTO

Yusuf who disclosed this during the commissioning of the PVC and Vinyl Tube production lines managed by an indian firm, AMPRI Global limiteds in Kankia local government area of the state, said the refinery is to be established in Mani area of the state.

He said already approval had been granted for the requested hectares of land to Blak Oil Energy Limited to establish the refinery.

To this end, the Commissioner, said all stakeholders are working round the clock to reach and achieve the industrial destination.

The Commissioner continued when he described the establishment of the refinery as one of the Governor Masari’s industrialization package efforts.

In his words: “It is pleasing to note that the industrialization package of Rt. Honourable Aminu Bello Masari include the effort for establishment of a refinery at Mashi Area. Approval had been granted for the requested hectares of land to Blak Oil Energy Limited to that effect. All stakeholders are working round the clock to reach this important industrial destination. May Allah make it easy for its accomplishment.

“the intended industrial journey by the industrialization Governor would really assist in jobs, income and wealth creation, boasting of internally generated revenue, improving foreign exchange earnings and its conservation as well as further enhancement of the overall investment in the state. Consequently, poverty reduction, economic empowerment and improvement of general standard of living,” Yusuf said.

In his remarks, Governor Aminu Bello Masari expressed it readiness to revive moribund industries owned by the government and put to utilizations in the state.

Governor Masari who promised to revive the industries also expressed his readiness to ensure the industries are back to full use through private participation and partnership with investors.
He said reviving the industries will help address youth unemployment and restiveness.

Masari however said the over dependence on the government is largely responsible for the unemployment rate in the country saying government at all levels cannot provide jobs for all.

The moribund industries to be revived in the state include Kaura Leather works, Mani Flour mills, Funtua Burnt Bricks and Danja Sugar factory to mention but a few.


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