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Ex-NUPENG official wants FG to repair refineries.


24/08/2008

A former Secretary-General of NUPENG, Dr Joseph Akinlaja, has appealed to President Umaru Yar'Adua to repair the ailing refineries and establish new ones.

In an interview with our correspondent recently at a one day retreat in Akure, Akinlaja said that ``it is sad that in spite of the licences given to some private organisations, none has taken off.'' Akinlaja said that past administrations did not pay much attention to the refineries built many years ago. ``In the 1960s, we had one refinery in Port Harcourt and between 1965 and 1981, Nigeria's refineries became four.

From 1981 to 2008, not one refinery has been built, yet our population is increasing, our demand for fuel is also increasing," he said. Akinlaja said that the poor leadership of successive governments was responsible for the little or no development in every facet of the nation's economy. He said most Nigerian leaders had failed to put in place policies that would transform the nation to an enviable height.

Nigeria is still among the poorest nations in the world, efforts should be geared toward promoting purposeful leadership for development,'' he added. The organiser of the retreat, Ayo Awodeyi, said the programme was to educate the people of his constituency on the need to embrace good leadership. He assured his supporters that dividends of democracy would be distributed to them before the end of the year.

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