PENGASSAN, IPMAN at odds over sale of refineries

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), has kicked against the suggestion by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), that the nation’s four refineries be sold as scrap, saying it is a fraudulent way of ripping the country off its national assets, Vanguard reports.

Speaking on the issue, PENGASSAN National Public Relations Officer (NPRO), Emmanuel Ojugbana, described the call by IPMAN as sabotage against national interest. He lauded the efforts of the government in ensuring that the four state owned refineries were back on stream, especially with the recent report credited to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, that the Kaduna and Port Harcourt Refineries would soon commence production after a long while.

He also challenged the government to grant the managements of the refineries autonomy for effective accountability while sustaining the rehabilitation process already initiated, stressing that “If any of the refineries fails to pay back the funding (if granted financial autonomy) and refuse to make commensurate returns to the NNPC within one year, the government is free to apply appropriate sanctions.”

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