The immediate past Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), Mr Austin Oniwon, has said his removal from office will not in any way retard the progress made so far by the present administration in petroleum sector.
According to him, the new GMD, Mr Andrew Yakubu, shared the same idea and vision with him, which was to reposition the petroleum sector for optimum productivity.
Oniwon, who gave the indication at the weekend, during an interactive session organised by Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, in Abuja, noted that it was the desire of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration to evenly develop the country, in line with his transformation agenda. He, therefore, called on the people, particularly members of the National Assembly, to give the president the needed support, in order to deliver the much-anticipated dividends to Nigerians.
He added that the government decided to build refinery at Ubogiri in Kobi State, because of the consumption of petroleum products in the areas, particularly the proximity of Kogi to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Oniwon said all neccessary arrangements, including financing, had been concluded between the government and the Chinese investors, while he assured that the projects would soon commence. Earlier, Senator Abatemi-Usman had said the session was for the people to exchange ideas and find a new course for Kogi Central senatorial district.