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I Built Three Refineries With Scanty Resources — Gowon

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), on Monday, said that his government built three refineries which were later abandoned to rot away.

General Gowon stated this at the second International Conference and Exhibition of the Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) in Lagos.

Indicating the refineries as those in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna, he said they were designed for domestic consumption.

Meanwhile, he disclosed of plans to build more refineries to export refined products, instead of exporting crude oil.

Speaking, Gowon said: “I will like you to know that during our time, our plan was to build five export-oriented refineries to export instead of giving the crude to various countries.

“The three refineries,  Port Harcourt, Warri, Kaduna, were designed for domestic consumption and we had planned that if our consumption grows more than the three can do, we will transfer one of the export-oriented refineries for home consumption.”

Going down memory lane, Gowon further discussed how his government built the refineries with meager and scanty resources available at the time.

He lamented the current practice by the current and subsequent governments of giving away crude oil only to go back to those foreign countries and import refined fuel.

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