Information Minister advocates cordial relations with labour

fgThe Minister of Information, Labaran Maku has urged the management of the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company to sustain the cordiality between management and workers to aid in achieving the planned transformation of the company. The Minister made the call during the inspection of projects in the refinery by the National Good Governance Team in Kaduna State recently.

He decried the unwholesome activities of middlemen in the sale of kerosene which has caused untold hardship to the masses and stressed the need to deregulate the oil industry. Adding, in a deregulated economy, the NNPC could become an active player in the refining of products and stabilisation of the industry. He further indicated that there is urgent need for the country to privatise its refineries to stabilise the market and give room for competition for the ultimate benefit of consumers.

The Minister expressed appreciation for the on-going transformation in the company after several years of epileptic and skeletal services and praised the company’s efforts in the supply of products to most depots in the country.

Maku urged the media to bring awareness to the different economic developments in the country, particularly the petroleum industry.
While speaking earlier, the Group Managing Director of the refinery, Andrew Yakubu described the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company as the largest strategic asset in Northern Nigeria.

He enumerated some major strides in the industry to include: sustained operations of fuel units, sustained supply of petroleum products to the Northern Region making for no fuel queues; strategic depot in Suleja being serviced with products; petrochemical plants in operation (HDS and Molex) and high increase in community relations with electrification and installation of boreholes; training of 405 community people with 120 undergoing training presently.