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Illegal Refinery Operators Are Suicide Patients – Wami

Posted: Nov 6, 2015 at 9:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)
By Emma Arubi
Operators of illegal refineries along the coastline of the Niger Delta region and elsewhere in the country where oil pipelines are located are only attempting to kill themselves because of the hazards involved in the crude processing of crude to get just a few gallons of diesel of kerosene.
President of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers(NSChE) Prof. Eminike N. Wami made this assertion yesterday during a press briefing on the occasion of the 45th Annual Conference/Annual General Meeting of the Society held at the Bestwestern plus Wetland Hotel, Mofor, DSC, Udu council area of Delta State.
With the theme of this years’ conference: “Optimization of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Resources in Lean Times”, Engr. Wami said operators of illegal refineries lack the technological expertise to properly process their stolen crude to acceptable standards and quality, saying that whatever comes out from the process only serve to cause further damage to our automobiles, environment and endanger their lives and that of innocent Nigerians around the communities.
He said oil thieves are saboteurs of the Nigerian economy for self gains as they end up wasting the by-products of processed crude if it were processed by a regular refinery to ensure standardization of quality and best practices handled by qualified hands, explaining that Chemical Engineers are process specialists responsible for the design of process plants and operations of such process plants in various Chemical Industries.
While calling for severe sanctions against crude oil thieves in the country, he advocated the appointment of Chemical Engineers to strategic positions to help stabilize the administration of Oil and Gas sectors instead of appointing professional politicians without any industry knowledge to head such important segment of our economy.
Prof. Wami stated that the wisdom underlying this years’ theme can be seen from the current global fall in oil prices and its toll on the revenue accruing to the Federal government, saying that what should agitate any discerning mind should be what options to pursue to chart a way forward for the country outside oil.

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  • Nov 7, 2015 at 5:06 am Ebitari

    All dis professors sef dem wahala too much. Why is this one not bringing the knowledge of his society to bear and guide the so called ‘oil thieves’ to improve on their refining methods and capacities? After all, how were those on the Biafran side of the divide able to refine crude oil during the civil war?

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