Why illegal refineries thrive in Nigeria – Dogara

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Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has said that illegal refineries in Nigeria thrive because of certain malfeasances in the society.

Speaking while declaring open an investigative hearing of the ad hoc committee on the Joint Task Force and Nigeria Agip Company in the Niger Delta, Dogara said illegal refineries are spill-overs of the militancy in the Niger Delta region allegedly due to joblessness, poverty and hunger.

He said such illegal refineries could not be allowed to operate in Nigeria because their operators stole crude oil meant for the country and degraded the environment with their activities.

“Illegal oil refineries in Nigeria thrive on illegal oil bunkering, stolen crude oil, and vandalism of oil pipelines and other installations. Without a doubt, these illegal oil operations are reprehensible and should not be condoned for a number of reasons.

“Firstly, it is improper for citizens to destroy oil installations in their bid to steal crude oil as feedstock for illegal refineries. Secondly, it is most inappropriate for anybody, Nigerians or foreigners, to steal crude oil belonging to the Nigerian State with impunity. Thirdly, there are serious environmental issues involved, regardless of whether they dump the residue from the crude oil distillation process, into the river or simply incinerate it,” he said.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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