– Nigeria and the Republic of Niger unveiled plans that will boost the oil sector
– Niger will supply crude oil to Kaduna refinery
– This might not be unconnected to Nigeria’s low oil production
There are indications that due to the militancy in the Niger Delta region that has reduced Nigeria’s oil production, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) unveiled plans to purchase oil from the Republic of Niger to Kaduna refinery.
Vanguard reports that Mr. Maikanti Baru who is the group managing director of NNPC said this after a bilateral discussion with the minister of energy and oil of the Republic of Niger, Hon. Foumakoye Gado, in Abuja.
Baru said that the NNPC would partner with Niger in the area of sharing geological data to further boost the ongoing exploratory activities in the Chad Basin and Benue Trough.
“There will be steering committee comprising some Ministers and a technical committee which will involve the NNPC and the Nigerien Ministry of Energy and Oil and their operators.”
The Nigerien Energy Minister, Hon. Gado said his visit was to discuss issues of interest especially in the area of the oil sector with the NNPC.
He said the procurement of crude oil for Kaduna refinery and its practicability was being worked out.
“One of the aims of this visit is to share geological information for us to draw the best profit out of the exploratory efforts.”
Meanwhile, just a day after President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with Niger Delta leaders where he was presented with a 16-point demand, oil-producing communities, under the aegis of Host Communities of Nigeria, Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) have submitted 5 new additional demands.
President Buhari had met with Niger Delta leaders led by Chief Edwin Clark at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday, November 1.
Some of the requests made by the Clark-led team include the completion of major road projects in the region, the take-off of the maritime university, the full activation of ports in Niger Delta and other water ways, the relocation of international oil companies to the region, the issuance of oil blocks to the states and other stakeholders as well as the strengthening of the Niger Delta Development Commission and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. They also spoke about the issue of fiscal federalism.