Onuesoke slams FG over plan to import petroleum from Niger Republic


A Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has slammed the Federal government over plan to import petroleum product from Niger Republic, describing it as a “true definition of incompetence, cluelessness and mediocrity”.

He stated this while addressing aviation correspondents at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.

Recall that Ministry of Petroleum Resources announced on Thursday that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Niger Republic to import petroleum products from desert country.

In reaction, Onuesoke, who was a former Delta State gubernatorial aspirant, said that the pronouncement sounded unbelievable to him because Nigeria has four refineries while Niger Republic has only one.

According to Onuesoke, it is a shame that Nigeria will import fuel from desert Niger Republic because Nigeria cannot maintain its four refineries, adding that what the pronouncement meant is that Nigeria could soon import cassava for her garri consumption.

He said, “What a sad commentary. I watched Timipre Silva on television describing it as a good development that Nigeria would soon import petrol from Niger Republic. This is the true definition of incompetence, cluelessness and mediocrity. After five years of APC promise of change things get from bad to worse. Nigeria has four refineries but it is not its priority to make them work, but to import from a smaller and poor country. My feeling is that this government is bent on empowering Niger Republic for whatever reason. First it was a railway construction and now importation of fuel.”

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