Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Thursday appealed to the Federal Government and the private sector to consider setting up of modular refineries, saying this would help to tackle incessant scarcity of petroleum products in the country.
The governor also lamented the frequent scarcity and soaring prices of petroleum products, noting that an urgent action needed to be taken to ensure regular supply and appropriate pricing of the products to ameliorate the suffering of Nigerians.
Okowa made the appeal while speaking on Thursday at the inauguration of an ultra-modern filling station owned by North-West Petroleum and Gas Company Limited in Asaba, the state capital, assuring that the state was peaceful for investors to invest.
He said, “We would rather want a modular refinery to be established here in Delta State than in other places; after all, we produce the crude, the transportation of the crude will be close by and we will find a place that is very close by for you so that you would not need to have transportation challenges.
“I think that even if other refineries are already established elsewhere, I know that it will not be the last that you will establish, so, please put Delta State into consideration as you move forward because I truly think that if we have a proper direction in our country, the modular refinery is the best way to go now and the more we have it in various areas, particularly where oil is being produced, the better it will be for our nation.”