Port Harcourt - Mr Kingsley Irofuala, an
oil dealer in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday said that a ban on petrol importation
was necessary to revive and optimise production of Nigerian refineries.
Irofuala, owner of Kings Oil Filling station in Port
Harcourt, expressed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
while speaking on ways of overcoming fuel scarcity in the country.
He said that over dependence on imported fuel had
contributed to the abandonment of local refineries.
"Importation of fuel has now opened a sinister of illegal
ownership of refineries by some corrupt Nigerian leaders who divert our funds
for such projects,'' Irofuala said.
He described as wickedness the manner Nigerians were
building refineries outside the country to the disadvantage of the ordinary
"These same people use our money to buy fuel from their
refineries which were built with stolen Nigerian money,’’ Irofuala said.
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The fuel dealer called on Nigerians to begin to be
patriotic, saying that the only panacea to curb corruption was the love for the
Irofuala advised President Muhamadu Buhari to formulate
policies that would engender immediate functioning of the local refineries.
According to him, such policies will succeed only when
petrol importation is banned because most of the importers are corrupt
He said that some of the economic saboteurs who sabotaged
Nigerian refineries due to selfish interests would quit if petrol importation
The oil dealer said that a ban on the importation would not
only boost oil supply in the country, but put an end to financial recklessness
among public officers.
Irofuala expressed confidence in the administration of
President Buhari to drive "uncommon development in Nigeria with uncompromising