Thirteen countries may have shunned Nigeria’s crude oil as data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, shows they have not purchased the product since 2016. A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows workers trying to tie a pipe of the first refinery in Nigeria, which was built in 1965 in oil rich Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Port Harcourt refinery is Nigeria’s oldest, built in 1965, nine years after crude was first found under the marshy soil and creeks of the delta, where the Niger river meanders to the Gulf of Guinea. Refineries in nearby Warri and Kaduna in the north central region were built in the years that followed, while a new plant was added to the same site in Port Harcourt in 1989. In recent years, however, it became a byword for corruption, a murky, state-run body where billions of dollars in revenue apparently disappeared.
AFP PHOTO According to the data, Crude Oil by Destination report of the NNPC, the last time Uruguay, Poland and Colombia purchased crude from Nigeria, was June 2016. Cape Verde was said to have its last purchase in November 2016 while Benin Republic, Togo and Tunisia made their last purchases in April 2016. The same thing applies to Taiwan and Japan, whose last purchase was in April 2016. Ireland, Turkey, Norway and Croatia, have not purchased crude from Nigeria since April 2016. Of late, there have been growing concerns over the continued profitability of Nigeria’s crude sales, as several countries are planning to phase out diesel and petrol cars from their roads in the distant future.