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First Modular Refinery In Abia To Begin Production Next Year – Govt 

The State Commissioner for Information and Culture Okey Kanu disclosed this after the state's executive council meeting on Wednesday. 


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A map of Abia, a state in south-east Nigeria.

 

The Abia State Government says its modular refinery being built at the Abia Industrial Innovation Park (AIIP), Owaza, in Ukwa West LGA will come on stream in 2025.

The State Commissioner for Information and Culture Okey Kanu disclosed this after the state’s executive council meeting on Wednesday.

While reiterating the government’s commitment to meeting the deadline, he said the project is important to the Alex Otti-led administration.

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“The modular refinery project of Abia Industrial Innovation Park will come on stream in 2025. It will be the first major industrial project of that industrial park. Of course, once that refinery comes on stream, it would provide job opportunities to the teeming youths in excess of about two thousand jobs,” the commissioner added.

“These are direct jobs. When you want to talk about the indirect jobs, it would run into thousands as well. It would help provide refined products for Abians as well as increase the revenue base of the State.”

The Commissioner said that the State government is making efforts to reap the huge opportunities provided by the petroleum and mineral resources endowment in the State, saying that “in this regard, a lot of investors are jostling to come and invest in Abia State”.

On his part, the Abia State Commissioner for Petroleum Joel Ogbonna said the new government has been in a hurry to bring transformation through the establishment of the park.

“About two thousand hectares of land has been acquired in Owaza,” Ogbonna said.  “Before now, many of us didn’t know that we had oil and gas in Abia State even though this has been a curse rather than a blessing to Abia because of the bad governance of successive governments. Right now, we want to convert those wastes to wealth.”

He said the modular refinery “presents a huge opportunity for job and wealth creation and of course, we are taking advantage of the natural endowment which we have not taken advantage of before now. So, I do believe that in the next couple of years, job opportunities would be huge, AIIP is in the position to provide over ten thousand jobs and I look forward to that.”