All Refineries Must Work Before 2023 – New NNPC GMD


New Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari on Monday said his administration would ensure that all the country’s refineries are fixed before 2023 when President Muhammadu Buhari would leave office.


The New NNPC boss, who gave the assurance during a ceremonial handover from his predecessor Dr. Maikanti Baru in Abuja, said the corporation under his watch would focus on delivering the expectations of every Nigerian in terms of availability of petroleum products.


“We will make sure that within the life of this administration, before Baba’s tenure (President Muhammadu Buhari) ends in 2023, we will deliver on the four refineries. And we will do more than that. We will encourage private refineries particularly the Dangote refinery which can be the game changer for all of us.”


He further said he will expand the frontiers of engagement with stakeholders particularly the National Assembly, state governments and the global transparency community like the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the Nigeria EITI (NEITI), although he warned that he would not guarantee that all data of the NNPC would be publicly available.


“There are data that you cannot publish, I have always said this to our colleagues in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and EITI we will not disclose every data. There are data that are of commercial value. Sometimes institutions ask us to disclose every data that we have. I am sure it is fair to say that we cannot disclose every data,” Kyari said.