POOR MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBLE FOR FAILED REFINERIES - NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has blamed the waning state of the country’s refineries on poor maintenance of the facilities over the years.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said this on Monday when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) in Abuja.
He said, “the refineries didn’t fail because there were no skills, they failed because we are unable to take care of them. We don’t have to give excuses on why we didn’t take care of them, we can blame anyone. But what we have decided to do, is to make them work. There is no scarcity of skilled people”.
The NNPC, while noting that Nigeria has one of the highest numbers of technicians in the petroleum sector in the world, added that “we are probably the largest contributor” to skilled manpower in the industry of all the black nations in the world.
Reacting to a question on the technical capacity of the NNPC to properly manage oil exploration, refinery and sales, Kyari acknowledged that there was enough manpower in the petroleum industry but that the experts had not been properly active.
He re-affirmed that in the industry today, over 90 per cent of the technical personnel are sourced locally and they are run by Nigerians, stressing that the engagement of these people has not been optimised.
Kyari added that there is need to work with the Nigerian Content Development Board, to make sure that certain skills that come up on regular intervals are provided for, in order to enhance the growth of the industry.