FG Not Aware Dangote Imports Crude from US – Minister

FG Not Aware Dangote Imports Crude from US – Minister

The Federal Government has announced that it was unaware Dangote Refineries imports its crude oil from the US.

Heineken Lokpobiri, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), emphasized that Nigeria is blessed with sufficient crude oil to supply all its refineries, including modular ones.

Lokpobiri made this statement in Abuja on Thursday during the Ministerial Sectoral Updates, an event marking President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s one year in office.

The session was attended by several key officials, including the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Atiku Bagudu; Minister of the FCT, Mr. Nyesom Wike; Minister of Youth Development, Dr. Jamila Ibrahim Bio; Minister of State for the FCT, Dr. Mariya Mahmud; Minister of State for Petroleum, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri; and Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr. Ayodele Olawande.

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“I’m not aware that Dangote Refinery has started importing crude oil from the US. That’s the reason why we’re talking about an increase in production.

“That’s why we’re talking to servicing companies to come back and start drilling. The only way we can increase production is to continue drilling…” He stated.

Speaking on the rumours that the Tinubu administration still pays fuel subsidy, he added, “On the issue of subsidy, all of us know that from the first day the President took over office he said subsidy is gone.

“And I can confirm to you today that the subsidy is gone. But the point is, all over the world, governments find a way to subsidise. It may not be fuel but may be food … there’s no responsible government that will not find a way to ameliorate the suffering of its citizens. But pls I want it to be official that there’s no subsidy for fuel as of today.”