APC rejects siting of refinery in Akwa Ibom state

Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Akwa Ibom state have condemned the recent approval of ATC license for the construction of 5,000 bpd modular refinery to Ikwe-Onna Refinery project located in Akwa Ibom State by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

The APC chieftains registered their protest during a recent meeting of the party stakeholders on Monday 11th, November. According to our source, the party’s rejection of the refinery is said to be solely based on the company’s location, which is in Onna, the home town of Mr Udom Emmanuel, the governor of Akwa Ibom state.

The Chairman, Board of Directors of the company, Engr. Bassey Rex has explained that the company is primarily located in Onna because of ‘its unique topography and water-ways connection to the open sea makes accessibility a plus for industrialization.” Additionally, Engr. Rex added that Akwa Ibom state is chosen for the refinery project not only because it is a major oil producing state in Nigeria but also doubles as the most peaceful oil producing state in the country, a fact credited to the good governance of Gov. Udom Emmanuel.

The Onna refinery comes with major components such as the Petroleum layouts, Fertilizer Plants, Lubricant Factory, LPG Plant and, Bio-Refinery for integrated waste management through a robust biotechnology advancement, to produce energy from waste products as well as maintain cleaner and safe environment.

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