The Kaduna refinery is set to resume daily production of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) starting from today, April 27, as part of efforts to address the current fuel scarcity across the country.
Managing Director of the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), Idi Muktar, speaking to reporters on Tuesday, explained that the plant, which will be getting supply of crude oil from Escravos in Warri, will be producing at an average of two million litres of petrol per day.
Muktar said that with the availability of crude oil, the refinery will be producing 2 million litres of Petrol Motor Spirit (PMS) daily, insisting that all hands are on deck to ensure steady supply across the states.
The KRPC boss said that efforts have been put in place to ensure constant supply of the petroleum products to help reduce the hardship Nigerians are facing due to fuel scarcity across the country. He also mentioned that once the supply is sustained, there will be no scarcity of petrol in the country.
He also blamed activities of pipeline vandals whom he described as “bad elements’’ as largely responsible for the current fuel scarcity. According to him, 13 infractions have unfortunately been witnessed between Warri to Kaduna from March to April.
Muktar, therefore appealed to the media to intensify campaigns against activities of vandals, stressing that it was time they (vandals) realized the harm done to the country through their unpatriotic behavior.
He assured the NUJ of the company’s readiness to partner the media in public enlightenment to tackle the activities of those sabotaging government efforts to ensure steady supply of fuel.
Meanwhile, there are speculations that the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) has not started producing fuel but only producing diesel and kerosene.