Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), has called for integration of modular refineries to develop local capacity in the oil sector.
Enang, who made this known when he featured on News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja, said that rather than destroy ”illegal refineries”, the operators should be encouraged and regulated.
He said with plans by some developed economies to ban the use of petrol-driven cars in a few years, Nigeria should develop its refining capacity to stand up to any surprise that may come up.
He explained that if the use of electric cars was actualised in the near future, the countries refining Nigeria’s crude may stop refining, leaving Nigeria with no option but to refine its crude.
”You know it is what they stop using that they will send to the third world countries and when they stop using petrol cars, they may also stop refining for you.
”This makes it absolutely necessary for us as a country to develop our refining capacity by integrating the local refineries and stop calling them illegal,” he said.
Enang said contrary to beliefs that the operators of the ”illegal refineries” had no technical know-how; most of them were graduates with detailed knowledge on refining of crude and an organised chain of activities.