The Akwa Ibom government has requested the nod of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to build a modular refinery in the state.
Gov Udom Emmanuel made the request during a visit on him by the management of the NNPC upstream, led by the group executive director, Mr Adokiye Tombomieye, which took place at Government House, Uyo, Saturday, was to produce aviation fuel at the Victor Attah International Airport, adding that the NNPC endorsement would be a milestone partnership in the industrialization efforts of the present administration in the state.
He stressed that his administration was in need of at least an aviation fuel depot rather than a gigantic refinery at the airport, noting that availability of the facility, through the NNPC, would promote tourism and development of gateways of aviation transport in the state.
Emmanuel told the NNPC top men that part of the agenda of his administration was in the ongoing construction of the smartest airport terminal building targeted at processing one million passengers every year, reminding the team that Akwa Ibom was without tangible presence of benefits from the exploration of crude oil and gas in the state.
He remarked that his administration supports the ongoing reforms and restructuring of the NNPC to a commercially viable products supplies company in the country, reminding the Corporation and the subsidiaries to relocate its corporate headquarters to the dedicated four floors of the smart office accommodation at the Dakkada towers in the state.
The state chief executive officer advised the management of the NNPC to brace up in the new responsibilities of making it a limited liability company by exhibition of transparency in publishing financial reports of the corpo-
Contd from cover ration to restore the confidence of the people, maintain- ing that professional ac- countability of finances by the NNPC team was signifi- cant to the people irrespective of pressure from different quarters.
Tombomieye said the team was in Akwa Ibom on a retreat to set further steps of restructuring the Corporation for efficient and effective ser- vice to Nigerians, and appreciated Emmanuel for the warm reception accorded them.
He mentioned that the retreat would be dedicated to reviewing the performance of the Corporation in the last three quarters, reiterating that the NNPC was transiting from a Corporation to a company by the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) to serve the nation better.