With less than two weeks to the end of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria still continue to import petrol as against the claim of Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of state for Petroleum Resources.
In May 2017, Mr Kachikwu vowed to resign if Nigeria continues to import fuel by 2019.
He disclosed this during an interview on BBC World Service programme, HardTalk, anchored by Stephen Sackur which lasted for 23 minutes.
When questioned about when the country will be self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum, Mr. Kachikwu declared that 2019 had been set as the target.
“2019 is the target time… I target 2019 . If I don’ t achieve it, I will walk…I put the date and I will achieve it,” the minister said.
This newspaper understands that the current administration’s tenure will lapse in May 2019. Except Mr Kashikwu is reappointed, he has failed to fulfill the claims made.
As at the last check in March, Nigeria imported a total of 986, 492 metric tonnes of petroleum products representing 1,387,410,984.2 litres of fuel in January and February, 2019.
The data from the Nigerian Ports Authority Shipping Position; a document that shows the volume and types of cargoes that are brought into the country on a daily basis revealed.
It shows that a total of 705, 185 MT of fuel was imported in January and a total of 281,297 MT imported in February.
The shipping position explained that Premium Motor Spirit known as petrol led other petroleum products.