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Fuel Scarcity: Ben Bruce Makes Case For Illegal Refineries And He Makes ‘Common Sense’

Fuel Scarcity: Ben Bruce Makes Case For Illegal Refineries And He Makes ‘Common Sense’

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iilegal-oil-refineriesAmid the excruciating pain of joining endless queues at filling stations and having to pay far above the official pump price of N87 per litre for premium motor spirit (pms) popularly called petrol, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has made a case for the legalization of the operations of illegal refineries.

Murray-Bruce, who represents Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, in a series of tweets on Monday, said that with no signs of the lingering fuel scarcity abating anytime soon, it has become imperative for the Federal Government to “legalize and register” the operations of illegal refineries.

According to the senator, with our refineries yet to produce at optimal capacity and the delays usually associated with importation of petroleum products, illegal refineries, which are mostly found in the crude oil producing areas of the Niger Delta, if licensed to operate without fear of arrest and prosecution, could increase Nigeria’s refining capacity by 20 per cent.

With the refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna still undergoing various stages of Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) with a December ending deadline, Senator Murray-Bruce argued that rather than destroy illegal refineries producing what we lack, it is better for government to “bring them up to standard” instead of depending on imports.

See his tweets making a case for illegal refineries to be allowed to operate:

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