Nigeria sets up special task force on refineries

08 February 2012, Sweetcrude, Abuja – Mrs. Diezani Alison- Madueke, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, has set up a National Refineries Special Task Force to ensure self-sufficiency of petroleum products in Nigeria within a strong framework in the shortest possible time.

This was contained in a statement released by Alhaji Goni Sheik, the permanent secretary in the ministry of petroleum resources.

The statement disclosed that the National Refineries Special Task Force is charged with the following terms of reference:

“Without prejudice to the on-going programme of rehabilitation and turn-around maintenance of Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries, and the building of greenfield Refineries, the National Refineries Special Task Force is mandated to:

* Conduct a high level assessment of Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries, review all past reports and assessments and produce a Diagnostic Report complete with a Change Journey Map;
* Review the operations of Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries, with a view to improving efficiency and commercial viability. The findings of this review should be part of the Diagnostic Report;
* Work with a world-class firm to audit the finances of Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries, and produce audited accounts over the past 2 years ending 31st December, 2011;
* Design a template for Key Production / Management-Critical Performance Indicators to be tracked on a periodic basis for ministerial review;
* Design an automated information work bench, to monitor the performance of Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries on an online basis;
* Review all licenses issued for new refineries in Nigeria and assess their operational, technical, and financial readiness;
* Seek new ideas and design financial models across the value chain for the building of adequate capacity for meeting local demand for petroleum production;
* Design a blueprint for Public & Private Partnerships (PPP) to build small, medium to
large-scale greenfield refineries across Nigeria.
* Design investment models and a road map to self-sufficiency in local production of petroleum products in
Nigeria; and produce a report, complete with timelines and milestones within the next 60 working days.

The 22 members of the task force includes: Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu – Chairman; Mallam Yusuf Alli -Alternate Chairman; Professor Ayo Ogunye – Member; Mr. Imo Itsueli – Member; Engr. M.B. Shehu – Member; Engr. Olumuyiwa Ajibola – Member; Dr. N.J.D Erinne – Member; Engr. Alex Ogedengbe – Member; Mallam Bello Maccido – Member; Engr. Emeka Chikezie Ene – Member, Mr. Stanley Lawson – Member.

Others are: Mr. Akin Kekere-Ekun – Member; Arc. (Mrs.) Fatima Wali-Abdulrahman – Member; Mallam Abba Dabo – Member; Arc. Harcourt Adukeh – Member; Engr. (Mrs.) Mayen Adetiba – Member; Comrade Babatunde Ogun – Member; (President, PENGASSAN); Comrade Achese Igwe – Member
(President, NUPENG); GED, R&P, NNPC – Ex-officio; MD, Port Harcourt Refinery – Ex-officio; MD, Warri Refinery – Ex-officio and the MD, Kaduna Refinery – Ex-officio.

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