Frustrated by pipeline vandals, Buhari seeks crude oil supply from Niger Republic

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The Nigeria Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is exploring the possibilities of piping crude oil from Niger Republic for refining in Kaduna, NNPC Group Managing Director, GMD, Maikanti Baru, said on Friday.

Mr. Baru who visited Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i in Kaduna, said President Muhammadu Buhari was personally committed to the project.

He said it was important to explore alternative crude supply to Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, which has been affected by vandalism of pipelines and age.

“Due to challenges with the aged refinery and crude oil pipelines that had been breached severally, the operations of the refinery has been epileptic.

“This we are determined to resolve through various intervention methods including evaluation of alternative crude oil supply from Niger Republic through building of a pipelines of over 1, 000 kilometers from Agadem to Kaduna.

“That efforts is being championed by Mr. President himself.

“We have already started engagements with the Nigerien Minister of Petroleum and the Chinese that are operating the field at Agadem.”

Mr. Baru also pledged to sustain efforts at enhancing energy supply to power industries in Kaduna through the development of Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline, as well as development of power plants in Kaduna and Abuja.

“These projects will be given special attention during my tenure,” he said.

The GMD disclosed that the College of Petroleum Resources in Kaduna would start operation on January 1, 2017, and thanked the state government for undertaking to construct internal roads in the school.

He urged the governor to sensitise residents of Kaduna against sabotage of the nation’s oil assets due to its adverse effect on the community, environment and national economy.

Responding, Mr. El-Rufa’i said the corporation has assumed a new toga since Mr. Baru took over, adding that prompt remittances by the corporation to the Federation Account has remained consistent.

“We are very interested in the NNPC because how well you do affects our lives as states and as a country.

“This is why many of us are quite gratified you are in charge, and already results are beginning to show as remittances to the Federation Account are higher, state governors are happier than before,” he said.

The governor pledged to support the gas pipeline project because of its tremendous potentials to the social and economic stability of the state.

He expressed confidence that ongoing reforms of the NNPC would strengthen the corporation to serve Nigeria better.

Mr. El-Rufa’i assured that the government would tackle issues of water supply to KRPC and pipeline security through massive enlightenment and treating those engaged in illegal activities as criminals.[NAN]


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  • Enemona

    That, again, will create it’s own fat cats, who will begin to feed on this and guess what and who suffers: The Nigerian economy and Nigerians. This is a shortcut and a lazy solution to a problem that requires deep and hard negotiation/discussion. I do not support this. We are still struggling with the problem importation of refined products and we want to add another system.

    • Peaceometer

      I support it 100%

    • Rumournaire

      You sure don’t get what is happening. Many prosperous countries in the world do not have oil. Does Japan have oil? Buhari is turning the continuous sabotage of oil production in the Niger Delta to an opportunity to channel resources into developing the north. Wait to see what will happen over the next ten years.

    • persona

      Bro, this is an excellent tool to force a proper negotiation out of the SS leaders who came with a 16 item shopping list. The country will buy crude at market prices but we can pay in our currency and not USD. The pipeline will be built with Chinese with counterpart funding, the refinery up north will work, Kano may build its own refinery as you know Dangote will move in alongside SLS, Abuja may have a refinery since pipeline already exist from the Warri and PH to Kaduna, a branch in Abuja will be done to flow downside. If the SS realize they will lose the following, 1- NDDC, 2- ND ministry and 3- 13 percent derivation, they will either deal or they ask their leaders where the monies have been all these years. This is a deal breaker and brilliant.

      • okenwa

        O’boy you too wickedoooo, upon all your plan you no carry ph and warri refineries join nam. Chai una wicked.

        • persona

          The Warri and PH refineries have pipelines running all the way to KD. The beauty of pipelines is this: They can be reversed and the flow redirected. If crude and gas come from Niger, the same can be reversed to move down south. It will no be a very CRIMINAL offence to vandalize such because “no be we oil” as we like to claim. Any act will be met and make nobody begin shout then. I no exclude the SS in Warri and PH, I had earlier stated that the Dangote refinery will take stock from Lagos and such can be delivered as finished products means for SW,SE and SS.

  • jon

    Pipeling from Niger to Kaduna? Evidence that North can survive without Southern oil. Also, College of Petroleum Resources in Kaduna? How come? Y’all don’t have oil in the North. What North needs is College of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry..

    • Peaceometer

      North have colleges of agriculture, agricultural research institute, leather institute dams for irrigation, and spirit of volunteerism etc. Am sorry for the thieves called militants, before they realize what they are doing it might be late for this generation.

  • Watch man

    The SS governors and the so-called “elders/leaders” in the SS should be held responsible for ND carnage. The govts in SS have received trillions of naira in the last 17yrs. What did they do with the money? They are the real pipelines that the so-called militants should funnel their anger and frustration to and not the oil facilities of the oil companies.

    • Rumournaire

      The SS are waiting for PMB to solve their problems. The man has lost interest in solving the SS problem since the people would rather cut their nose to spite their face – destroying oil installations thereby cutting off their only means of livelihood. The rest of the country have only partially depended on oil, but Niger Delta depends 100% on oil. PMB has decided to concentrate on developing the north with their meager resources. With their agricultural produce and solid minerals, they can pay for oil from Chad or Niger and forget the Niger Delta. After all, Japan, S-Korea and Germany do not have oil!

    • okenwa

      Amaechi used the money to sponsor buhari to aso rock. Are you ok now.

      • Watch man

        And what did Odili do with his own? What about James Ibori, Alams, Akpabio and the others? Did they also sponsor PMB?

  • Ogom

    The new pipelines will cost millions of $ and just become another target for Boko Haram or some new, as yet unformed northern ‘militant’ group.

    All this simply because the president refuses to think, consult, plan and negotiate. It’s all too hard for him.

    • persona

      The pipeline will cost a lot no doubt but the cost of Kaduna refinery not working and staff retained is also huge.
      The north will get stimulated and the SS will have to consult and agree to be reasonable. The SS will lose the following:
      1- NDDC
      2- ND ministry
      3- 13 percent derivation
      If the SS states can survive also, its a form of restructuring they have been asking for.
      This is a strong move to force all parties to the negotiation table but trust me, since the Chinese are involved, they will build the pipeline now and you pay later as they have been doing with counterpart funding.
      As regards the vandalism to emerge up north, its vastly deserts and the effect of the spill when the military attack vandals is not as bad as what is needed for a clean up in the SS.

      • Ogom

        Ok, good luck with that.

      • Aloa Akan

        4. Amnesty

        • persona

          Exactly. Even plus including environment clean up.

      • okenwa

        I hope you will extend the pipelines niger to the refineries in warri and ph.

        • persona

          Yes we can!!!

  • FreeNigeria

    Abacha started the importation of refined fuel into Nigeria. Giraffe neck, brain dead Buhari is now importing crude oil into Nigeria. I weep for my country Nigeria.

    • Emmy

      When you import raw materials and return it as finished products , its value increases. So keep weeping till you drop dead

      • FreeNigeria

        You import what you have in abundance? You’re intellectually deficient

        • Emmy

          Since we are caught as a country in between the devil and a blue sea, shouldn’t we go for a lesser evil ? Since you’re intellectually efficient you’ll rather suggest that the economy should be grounded and the masses keep suffering in the face of incessant pipeline vandalism and the sabotage that goes on in our refineries which make them perform below their capacities.

          • FreeNigeria

            You don’t run from problem, you solve it. let’s fix the Niger Delta issue at the root, instead of applying bandages. This government is worthless, Nigerian politicians are wicked. the country needs to be over haul.

  • Richard Wilson

    THIS OIL IN THE SOUTH SOUTH WILL KILL YOU PEOPLE. SINCE 1952 OR WHAT THAT YOU STARTED SUCKING THE OIL UNTIL NOW YOU ARE NOT TIRED. HW I WISH THAT GOD WILL DRY THIS OIL NOW SO THAT WE CAN GO BACK TO BASIC. WHAT A LAZY PEOPLE AND A LAZY COUNTRY THAT DONT HAVE ANY FUTURE FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

  • Naijawehail

    Excellent idea. Great thinking out of the box. Truly an innovative solution. Hope they get the implementation right.

  • persona

    This is a very deft move and I must say that Buhari is using a masterstroke without firing any shot in the SS.
    The restiveness in the region may continue or reduce but the nation will make stable projections for production in Kaduna. The emir of Kano should pipe in and ensure Kano has a refinery and same with Abuja. Lagos should likewise serve the SW and the SE alongside SS when eventually the Dangote refinery begins to get stock from Lagos. The glut will happen in the SS and truth is that the destruction would remain and then they will beg FG to come do the clean up alone as the basis for doing biz with a condition that peace will reign. Those militants will have weapons and will have no targets, the 13 percent derivation will stop, the ND ministry will close and then crises will happen with the people demanding what the leaders of the region had done with their money. This is a masterstroke and even as we will buy crude, it is better than paying ransom and getting threats daily.

    • jayjay

      lol, how does that bring money to the nation? Will Niger Republic be dashing us their crude oil?How does that benefit the nation? Will money not be paid for the crude Oil? I don’t understand your logic

      • Ismail Jamal

        Does Nigeria not sell its crude ? The buying countries are the ones that make the real money. The money is in refining.

      • persona

        1- This is the beauty of the plan. The nation has lots of Naira, forex is our concern. We can pay using our currency as its presently exchanged in that country openly.
        2- The economy will improve because jobs will be created in the refinery and products will be sold in our markets and especially plastics and other materials.

        • arewethishopeless

          Not just that but also an opportunity to lay standard gauge rail tracks from KD to Niger. So also fiber optic cables. All of which will improve commerce and development within the region. This should be a fast tracked project. Crude oil cost will be less pipeline costs that Niger sells at the port in Cameroun.

      • Rumournaire

        You miss it badly. How do Japan, South Korea and Germany pay for their oil imports (since they have no oil)? I bet if the north stops selling food to the south of Nigeria, you will starve. Only two states in the north produce enough yams to feed the whole country. With the north’s abundant food and solid minerals, paying for oil from Niger or Chad would not be a problem. Fortunately for them, crude oil price is crashing by the day and so will be affordable even for an agrarian economy. As @persona nicely put it, “the militants will have weapons and will have no targets, the 13 percent derivation will stop”. I see a future where Niger Deltans will be begging the FG to come and help do their clean-up (of self-inflicted pollution) and come and resume oil production, and the FG will declare no interest!

      • Abokinyang

        Don’t mind those people and their irrationally thinking,If Nigeria ever leave Niger delta oil and gas today, by this time next year people will sell their wives and children for cups of rice
        How much does your yams and tomatoes including the millions of cattle generate for Nigeria as revenue. How many of them are real farmers without govt subvention, if the fg pack up from the Niger delta oil today you’ll see serious prosperity and progress in that region,the.oney that comes from there that sustains the entire country if its just for the ND alone,Singapore will be remote compared to all the cities in Niger delta

      • Burbank

        By removing the expensive endless pipeline repairs in the Niger Delta, no more billions dollars pipeline security contracts, less environmental destruction of the Niger Delta.

    • Höly Wähala

      Every project comes with risks but, I think it’s a good Plan-B against the daily threats by SS miscreants and oil thieves. KD is a strategically important City-State hence, developing that crucial refinery there will serve the entire NC and the nation at large in terms of power supply. Leave those ND drunks to keep blowing up their enclaves, na dem go tire!

      • Otile

        You are a hating Yoruba man. Drink emu with your kabiesi Tinubu and leave us alone. Omo Odua.

        • Burbank

          We already abandoned you.
          Why stay?

    • Galantman

      Correct analysis . The crippling petrol , kerosene supply will ease not to talk of abundant supply of aviation fuel which will bring down the cost of air travel drastically. The economic activity in the North will receive a massive boost. As for security of the pipeline? Don’t bother it will be monitored by the battle hardened civilian JTF and any clown caught tampering with the pipelines will receive a dose of the anti-BH treatment

    • Otile

      If wishes were horses beggars would ride.

      • Burbank

        That’s what I told biafran Nnamdi Kanu.

  • Wisdom, Mariam, Col

    This spells doom for this government.

    • Ismail Jamal

      How so ?

      • Abokinyang

        I thought that oil was recently discovered in the north,what is the essence of laying a thousand km pipeline when you can prospect for the oil at a cheaper rate than committing scare resources in laying pipeline for importing crude from Niger coupled with the wasted resources in building the refinery far from where the raw materials are. All four refineries are located in the coastal areas of Libreville. The earlier we come out of this ethnic mentality the better for everyone

        • persona

          Sir, you thought wrong. They are prospecting for oil up north.
          Now as regards the pipelines, as at today, pipeline already exist from Warri and PH all the way to Kadunna so if you can do the maths of the pipes laid its more than what will come from Niger.
          As regards citing refineries near source, how come others buy our crude?
          The issue here is, the nation needs to get out of the grip of those bent on sabotaging the nation. Once this is done, there is no reason why all those from the region who are not yet investigated wont have themselves to blame.

    • Man_Enough

      I’d rather say “doom for enemies of this government”

  • imagine_2012

    Daft leaders = daft country. Blackman with his stupidity always. The militants should ensure 100% disruption and let us all go to Niger

    • Ismail Jamal

      Daft commentator, the country is bigger than u and ur entire generation. What have u ever contributed to the growth of this country. U should be ashamed of urself. Go and drink and soak urself in acid so that u would be a white man. A failure like you. What have u achieved in your entire life? Worthless piece of trash like you.

      • imagine_2012

        Hahahaa….Mr zoo citizen, I do not give a damn about your country so-called.

  • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

    This is welcome. We should be trading readily with our neighbours.

    • imagine_2012

      Exactly. Selling what you have to buy what you have. Good economics.

      • persona

        Do we have it when we cant access it? The need to be reasonable is what this entrenches. If the SS understands what this will do, they should grab their copy fast.

        • Ismail Jamal

          My brother leave this man, he is not interested in a successful Nigeria. We know their types. He wishes the worst for the country and they shall all fail. Dont waste ur data on him, logical reasoning has abandoned him.

        • imagine_2012

          What would SS lose? They have always been losing. Right now the fat cats in SS government would lose out.

          • persona

            The ordinary man is not known as SS, the leaders and elders are.
            When the leaders and elders fail them and steal from them, they still form a ring around them dead or alive. The loss is actually when the average militant begin to now ask questions from their suppliers. They seem to have cornered the turn and not turned the corner.

  • So oju abe niko

    The proposal is easier said than done. Completed Pipeline from Agadem to Kaduna will cost at least $2 Billion. Is that the best course of action to support a 36 year improperly maintained refinery? Meanwhile Niger government has obtained parliamentary approval separately from both Chad and Cameroon to connect to the Chad-Cameroon pipeline to export its excess oil.

    Currently Niger oil production from Agadem are fully refined in a refinery at Zinder (roughly 200 km from Katsina, Nigeria). The Zinder refinery has a capacity for 20,000 BPD; Niger requires 10,000 PBD for internal use and exports the rest to Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali. The nearest border to any of those 3 countries from Soraz refinery in Zinda is 700 km. Nigeria can reach an agreement with Niger to take all the excess refined product from Zinder. Nigeria can build a tank farm somewhere in Katsina, and bring in the petrol through an underground pipeline from Zinder. This will serve the North-West Nigeria very well.

    In the North/Middle Eastern axis, Nigeriia can tap into Chad/Cameroon pipeline conveys Chadian oil (and very soon Nigerien Oil to export terminals of the coast of Cameroon) and build a small refinery which can serve the Middle to North-Eastern Nigeria.

    • persona

      Your statements are on point, the issue why it become necessary to do this is because of the gas component that will fill gas cylinders for cooking and energy projects up north. There is a pipeline already used in the SS that deters vandals, it carries crude on the inside and gas on the outside. If vandals try to tap the pipeline, the hot tap meets the inflammable gas and they are destroyed. As regards the cost, the Chinese will gladly abandon the railway projects we are to provide counterpart funding for because this generates revenue while railways are a must have but not money spinners.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    What is the cost of constructing a pipeline from the middle of Niger republic, to Kaduna, at least 800 miles and how long will it take to even do the feasibility studies, the destruction of properties and farmland and the compensation……Another of Buhari’s dumb northern-agenda initiatives, is he tired of searching for oil in the north ? has he given up ? what about the tens of millions of dollars Buhari budgeted for exploration in the north ?

    • persona

      Did the railways generate revenues and we sank how many billion into it?
      The fact here is, you see this as a one way deal, far from it.
      Once the pipes are built to other countries, we can redirect the flow of crude IF found in the lake chad basin to other countries. There are pipelines from Russia passing through Ukraine all the way to Europe, was that dumb also?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        I wish you luck but it would be better if regions were generating their own revenue so that you can expend yours on white elephant projects like this your dream pipeline.The whole of north Africa has got oil in the desert,Niger and Chad have oil, Cameroon got oil, where are you gonna pipe your dream oil to ?

        • persona

          Having oil and having in commercial quantity is another thing. Niger as we speak, supply some of the countries you just talked about, the likes of Burkina Faso and others are along same belt and will choose our oil based on the quality which is Brent as they get more quantity per barrel for it.
          All region should be forced to rethink moving forward and that will benefit us once oil is taken out of the equation.
          To another fact you may not know, as we speak, pipelines exist from Warri and PH all the way to the same Kaduna. If flow is reversed, the refineries down south will begin to produce fuel and it will impact the following: Our import bill from fuel importation and get workers back to work.

          • Abokinyang

            Whenever the issue of oil surfaces that is when you will see what Nigerians think about their country. Leave ND oil alone and focus on agriculture and let the people that were blessed with this oil heave a sigh of relieve. The devastation of their land without anything to show for it pains to the marrow. Most of these people commenting on this forum have not been to the Niger delta so they don’t know what this people suffer. The Ogoni oil spill happened between 1990 and 1991 during the Gulf war.when saro wiwa and co raised their voices,they were rounded up and hanged by Abacha,it was only when they resorted to militancy that 13%,nddc,ministry of Niger delta and amnesty started. It can only get better when the FG looks into this agitation and finds a lasting solution to it which is resource control

          • Rumournaire

            I lived in the Niger Delta for decades. The issue of environmental degradation has been highly politicised and has become an industry on its own. Tell me: If Niger Deltans are so concerned about pollution, how come they keep bombing pipelines to pollute their own environment? Did you not see pictures of the vast pollution caused by the destruction of the Trans-Forcados Pipeline and the Forcados offshore export pipeline? So, you think those people really care about their environment?

            Let’s get serious: No oil company wants the oil it produces to pollute the environment. The companies want the oil to stay in the pipelines and be exported to fetch money. Much of the writings in the media give the impression that oil companies deliberately pollute the environment. It just does not make sense! If you go to DPR (Department of Petroleum Resources) and check the statistics of oil spills, you would see that over 80% of the spills are caused by deliberate acts of sabotage. Who is fooling who?

          • Abokinyang

            That is another lie from the pit of hell .97% of oil pollution in the Niger delta is caused by the multinationals failure to observe the best standards in industrial safety practices in oil and gas exploration as enshrined in the UN charter for gas flaring and other oil related matters which Nigeria is a signatory. Do you know that Shell stopped exploration in ogoniland in year 2000 as a result of their failure to abide by these safety standards. ND militancy contributes to just3% of the environmental pollution in the Niger delta. I rest my case

          • Rumournaire

            Respect! You’re my man! Informed thinking, no sentiments!
            I wish we would all in these fora put aside sentiments and emotive language and speak logic!

      • Otile

        Are the Northerners as enterprising as the Russians? The Russians are mostly educated scientists, what are your Northerners? With all their fabled agricultural prowess why cant they feed themselves right now? Why are they begging food and money all over the world? Shameless people.

        • persona

          Bros, no be fight. When dem no fit supply ordinary Tomato, we sabi how you dey shout. If dem refuse to send you nama to go with your tombo, you go scream. The fact is every region has a unique role to play and we should appreciate each other. As regards the pipelines and Russia, bros, no be scientists dey build pipelines, it can be contracted to almost anyone as you may not have noticed, no be Russians dey fix pipelines wey NDA blow.
          As counter measure don dey, the thing dey pain you. As always, you say the man no get brain, he don show you say no be so my dear Otile, Buhari dey throw banana to monkey all along.

    • princegab

      Oga Tawanda, don’t react to the Northern propaganda. Treasury looters are covering their arses with militancy. Let’s see how long for them to submit to kirikiri.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        I am happy to see all looters in jail but Buhari has to stop shielding the looters surrounding him.

        • princegab

          In the land of the blinds, i.e. corrupts, one eyed will be the king. Pmb has no choice but used some sinners as “from the bees, come honey”. Anti graft war should be the norm 1st, as a continuous process there will be no escapees.

    • Rumournaire

      You sure don’t understand the geography of the north. It will be dead easy to build pipelines across the north and they will cost only a fraction of what they would cost in the south. Have you not heard of trans-European pipelines? Are you not aware of the gas pipeline from Russia that serves countries in Western Europe? You think PMB is dumb? The north will use money from its agriculture and solid minerals to pay for its oil imports – which will be very affordable, no thanks to the global glut. You will wake up one morning and realise that Niger Delta oil is not as indispensable as you think. Just keep insulting your president, and we will see who will laugh last. People like you think the man is dumb, but wait and see.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        The north to take eyes off Niger delta oil is what we all pray for, I wish you lots of luck, I hope they strike oil in the north tomorrow so that re-organizing the country will be easier.

        • Rumournaire

          You don’t get it. They don’t have to strike oil in the north for the north to survive. Japan, German, and South Korea do not have oil, yet they are first-world countries. Oil is becoming less critical to economic development. The Netherlands makes US$2b annually from flowers only! Forget oil!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You are absolutely right but the old north loves oil and the easy dollars more than any other part of Nigeria. I actually hope your thoughts work out , I completely agree with you but it is easier said than done.

          • Rumournaire

            Necessity is the mother of invention. The Nigerian civil war brought out the ingenuity of Igbos. Certainly, it would not be easy to adjust to living without oil money, but when you don’t have a choice, you just have to make it work!

          • Gbola

            Plus remind the numskull that theres no Igbo cattle herdsman.

            All the beef for their isi-ewu comes LARGELY from the North.

            Not even the entire Niger Delta can breed cattle on their oil poluted land or foliage.

            It all comes from.the North.

            National security is FOOD contrary to what some Gullible Misguided and Hopeless Miscreants might be deceived into believing.
            It isn’t Oil.
            Men don’t drink Oil.
            Men eat FOOD !!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            The forum has been civilized so far, are you not ashamed of your primitive approach to issues ?

          • Otile

            Why then are Northerners hungrier and more disease ridden than the good people of SE SS. Check and see who’s begging food on the streets.

          • Gbola

            The beggars need food just like the Niger Delta Militants abi Avengers.
            That’s precisely my point.

            Man can’t drink crude oil.
            Many needs food to eat.

            The fact that you have alot of beggars in the North only proves my Pont as to the importance of Food.

            Or do you think the beggars are on the streets begging for crude oil to quench their thirst ?

          • Otile

            My own point is that people begging food on the streets cannot brag to be feeding the whole country, that’s absurd.

          • Gbola

            Don’t you also claim that NIGER DELTA provides the Crude Oil Nigeria sells ??
            Does that mean that each Niger Deltan produces Oil ??

            The North supplies MOST of the food consumed in Nigeria.
            I never said ALL NORTHERNERS supply food consumed in Nigeria.

            Stop being mischievous !!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Stop that, Anambra and Ebonyi produces enough rice and cassava for the entire SE, we produce palm oil in Imo, we produce yams in Abakaliki and Anambra, we produce fish, we are sure that if we put our feet down on Agriculture we will feed ourselves comfortably and have excess in a few years.

          • Gbola

            I never said that your state’s don’t engage in Agriculture.
            But the bedrock for agriculture in Nigeria is the North.

            That’s a fact !!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            To be precise Benue, Kogi and plateau are the main producers of staple food. The far north produce onions, carrots, soya, cereals which we can afford to buy. The cattle is their main product but we can get enough supplies through our Cameroon brethren if it comes to the worst.

          • Gbola

            Nobody is saying you can’t get whatever you want through ALTERNATIVES like Cameroon.

            I never said ALTERNATIVES don’t exist.
            But they are exactly what you said they are — ALTERNATIVES !!

          • Deovolente

            The north has the edge in agricultural development simply due to the fact that the major part of Federal government agricultural funding during the 1970’s and 1980’s were channeled mostly to the north to the detriment of the south.

          • Gbola

            Unbelievable !!!

            Every time I think I’ve heard it all, you people come up with a totally different fabrication.

            I wouldn’t even grave your comment with a rebuttal.

            It’s simply no point !!

          • Deovolente

            What I have stated here is pure fact, so your rebuttal or otherwise is of no interest to me. If you are too young to know events in the country in the 1970/80’s then that explains your ignorance of the fact that most of the Federal Governments efforts in the development of agriculture, inclusive of loans to farmers, irrigation infrastructure, agricultural extension services went to the northern part of the country. All these have today resulted in the north being known as a sort of “food basket” of the nation.

          • Gbola

            “….most of the Federal Governments efforts in the development of agriculture, inclusive of loans to farmers, irrigation infrastructure, agricultural extension services went to the northern part of the country. …..”.

            ••ABOVE WERE YOUR VERY WORDS •

            Please,
            Explain yourself .
            Did the Federal Government own a bank that then awarded loans ??

          • Deovolente

            Nigerian Agricultural Development Bank……Head Office Kaduna.

          • Gbola

            Oooohhh !!

            Is it because of the name — NIGERIAN Agricultural Development Bank ??

            Hehehehe.
            Unbelievable !!!

            So,
            Does the Federal Government owm.the bank ??

            Are three employees of this bank Federal Government employees ??

            When did the NASS appropriate tax-payers money to fund the loans this bank gives out ??

            I actually gave you more credit that I should ever have.
            You just confirmed yourself to be a Doddering numskull Dingbat.

          • Deovolente

            The initial part of your comment clearly indicated an unbalanced, mentally challenged character..So for that reason I could not bother to read more than a very few words. No time to waste on drivels of a nitwit boy’o.

          • Deovolente

            Cancelled

          • Deovolente

            You are a very ignorant Sambisa troll. There’s really no need in trying further to enlighten you.

          • Gbola

            Lollll

          • okenwa

            If those things you mentioned above become so nessesary, we will produce them. The north does not feed the world.

          • Deovolente

            Just make sure the Fulani herdsmen dont feed their cows with your crops.

          • okenwa

            The man forgot igbos venture where ther is money. If it become nessesary to rear cattle, igbos will rear cattle in a very civilise way and produce a healthy ones.

          • Rumournaire

            In Islam, begging is a tenet and not necessarily out of poverty. The north is feudalistic and the Islamic clerics teach young children to beg so that wealthy people would have the privilege of giving them money, thereby straightening the paths of those wealthy ones to Paradise. That is why it has been difficult eliminating the almajiris from the streets.

          • Otile

            I know what you are saying, but also remember that hell was created with good intentions. Don’t tell me that begging arms from people and extorting gifts/money from them paves the paths to Paradise for them. It is just extortion and nothing else.

          • Rumournaire

            I don’t think we disagree. I do not in any way support begging. I am just saying that poverty is not necessarily what drives the pervasive street begging in the north. It is largely driven by a warped religious belief.

          • okenwa

            You right at least the north will be exporting VVF.

      • Nkem

        I beg to burst your bubble. That refinery is close to dead. Didn’t you hear Baru himself say the refinery is suffering from old age?

    • Burbank

      Better than building an 8km pipeline in the Niger Delta that is bombed everyday by the terrorists.

      • Otile

        You are bragging as if your Boko Haram masters are not bombing places in the North everyday.

        • Burbank

          Boko Haram masters like PDP boss Imam Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff.

          • Gbola

            Hehehehe

            Lollll @ PDP boss – Sheriff

          • okenwa

            Is PDP niger delta.

      • okenwa

        I wonder why this 5% is so powerful and making gest of 97%.

  • Man_Enough

    If your selfish brother refuses to share his food, you don’t have to stay hungry. Get from a kind neighbor. It’s logical.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      ………And pay for it !!

      • Burbank

        To Tompolo while he made his people remained exploited!

    • Otile

      You call a man who has been feeding his lazy brother selfish? What an ingrate.

      • Burbank

        That lazy man is Imam Alhaji Dokubo Asari of Benin Republic.

        • Gbola

          Lollll

          Nahhh,

          Imam Alhaji Didinrin Dokubo merely decided to go and feed education to the Republic of Benin AS OPPOSED to his fellow freedom fighters in the creek.

          At least,
          General Government Ekpemuolo Eshinshin Tombolo stayed behind unlike Alhaji Imam Apari Dolubo.

          Though the former bought houses in Golders Green in Jandon.

        • Otile

          Honorable Dokubo is a school proprietor, he is not lazy and you know it.

          • Gbola

            Of course, he’s a school proprietor in Republic of Benin.

            Hopefully he’ll award scholarships to the co-fighters he departed and left behind in the creek.

          • Otile

            What is your point? Is being a school proprietor being lazy?

          • Gbola

            I never said so.

            Don’t bother yourself.

            You need not get my point.

            It’s CODED !!

            And there are Minimum Prerequisites needed in order to decode that commemt of mine.

            Please don’t bother ypurself.

          • Otile

            What verse in the holy Koran is it coded?

          • Gbola

            You might want to redirect that question to Alhaji imam Didinrin Apari Dokubo.

          • okenwa

            No OIL for you QED.

          • Burbank

            He abandoned his own Niger Delta people to continue in their sufferings while he and his family are living in splendour in Cotonou!

          • Gbola

            Yeah,

            And that’s the very reason why the Niger Delta Avengers want what Dokubo and Tombolo have.

            They studied the blueprints these 2 used in bombing their way all the way to their bank accounts.

            It was sad to have enriched a few at the expense for the masses suffering in the Niger Delta.

            I believe the life of the average Niger Deltan ought to be improved NOT just the lives of 2 Militants.

          • Burbank

            Gbam

          • Burbank

            Imam Dokubo Asari killed and murdered hundreds of Southerners in his fight for pipeline security contracts and you don’t know it!

            www hrw org/report/2008/03/27/politics-war/human-rights-impact-and-causes-post-election-violence-rivers-state

    • Decimator

      Your brother selfish or not, or your kind neighbor are not working for your food. It is exactly this entitlement mentality of just taking where it is available that brought the present predicament. You are able bodied as you claimed to be Man enough; you can work and should work for your own food. Not just looking for oil to take wherever it exists.OK

  • Decimator

    All hail the king. Now the need for the 30 billion dollars loan is becoming clearer.

    After searching for oil in the northern territories for ages now without the desired result and as it seems that the Avengers have refused your self-acclaimed natural entitlement to the oil flow from Niger Delta, you incur a loan to the detriment of the entire populace to connect pipeline to the oil flow of the present Niger Republic since oil is your life wire, beautiful idea. Assuming that works out perfectly well to your expectation, there just seems to be a little problem.

    This new oil flow from Niger Republic is not going to be coming as your natural entitlement anymore as before from the Niger Delta. You have now to pay for it this time, unless you do the inevitable geographical mathematics, and that is carving out your northern states into Niger or whatever you intend to call the new state since you have the same ancestral lineage anyway. What about that?

    Ever becoming clearer that there is no Nation called Nigeria.

    • Burbank

      Guess there will be no more 13% federal oil payment to your village.

      • Otile

        Who are you to decide? Don’t talk like a child.

        • Burbank

          13% payment is given to an oil producing state only if the FG exports the oil from your state.
          That’s the law.

          • Gbola

            Avengers don talk say no more Oil.
            So Nigeria is turning to Niger for business.

            I’ve said it time and time again, WITH OR WITHOUT Crude from Niger Delta, Nigeria shall survive.

            Dem go eventually need to use dem oil to prepare garrI last last.

            ☆☆☆CASE CLOSED ☆☆☆☆

          • Decimator

            If you knew all these, why for God sake have you then invested the last 50 years of the country on a waste product called oil, killed millions of innocent citizens, and still on a massive military buildup in the Niger Delta all for your oil greed? Are you now admitting that your simple lack of foresight have made you ignore this simple solution of alternate source of revenue which even existed before over the last 50 years? Well not too late and highly welcomed.

          • Netanyahu

            Nigeria exports about 2 million bopd, as of the last NNPC account. Niger Republic produces just 70,000 bopd. Even if they sell every drop of it to Nigeria, how much impact do you think this will bring to the 13% derivation that is your nightmare? The 50,000 bopd available for sale is a mere 2.5% shortfall. Oil producing communities can survive without 2.5% of their monthly revenue. What do you think? Disappointed? Or frustrated?

          • Gbola

            With uncertainty due to incessant pipeline bombings, we need to look for other sources of crude.

            Sourcing from Niger is a start.

            Besides, a Refinery not working and left idle opens it up to not only malfunctioning BUT damaging.

            It’s like a water-pipe that isn’t used for months.

            So this puts out refineries to work besides the consumption.
            And we haven’t even d discussed the sources of revenue from refining the products before returned to Niger or other neighboring countries.

            So it’s a win-win business for us.

            Nigeria IS MOVING RIGHT ALONG !!

            And enemies of progress are having Headaches and developing Diarrhea.

          • okenwa

            Keep your 13%, ole. We no longer intrested.

      • Decimator

        Exactly but now 100 percent ownership and control. The federal exists no more with their stipend.

        • Burbank

          Good for you, now that you own Dan Etete oil wells

  • Burbank

    Niger Delta turning into South Sudan – full of oil and no buyers!

  • Shehu Monguno

    I really want to see how this will work. Niger republic total production is 70,000 barrels per of crude oil a day, 20,000 barrels of this goes to 20,000 barrel-per-day capacity Soraz refinery in Niger republic while the remaining 50,000 barrels per day is for exports via Chad and Cameroon to long term contract buyers. Kaduna refinery has the capacity for 100,000 BPSD

    The best option is still the Niger Delta oil. This mean we must deal with the people there as co equals in Nigeria

    • jide

      no niger delta oil, lagos will soon start producing oil , niger delta can take their oil and eat it

      • Thedream

        If Lagos starts wont they refine?

        • okenwa

          No connect it to kaduna, why refinning?

      • okenwa

        Why dont you buy from them since niger wont be giving you free?

      • Shehu Monguno

        Lagos is doing less than 10,000 barrels a day. The Niger Delta is doing 2.1million barrels a day. Huge difference

    • So oju abe niko

      Honestly, I do not support the proposed project because it is not the most economical means of getting oil to the North. However, the production from Agadem fields in Niger is still increasing. Within the last few years, confirmed deposit increased 3 fold to one Billion barrels. Within the next 5 years, production will eventually top 100,000 BPD. There is also Chadian oil going through the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline. It is also cheaper for the North to tap into that pipeline to get into a small to medium size refinery that can sited in the middle of Adamawa, southern Borno or Gombe. And this project is best handled privately, with government stepping in only to facilitate access with the governments of Chad and Cameroon.

    • okenwa

      Animal father go take the oil in lagos and sambisa forest ole.

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  • John Abayomi

    And where will this helpless government get money to finance this senseless project? I laugh in swahili, so that is why they can’t include how the $30billion loan will be spent? kotinue with your northern agenda mr president 2019 is just around the corner

  • Lanre

    The Bigoted Buhari cannot stop thinking of how to advance the North. Go and construct the pipeline from your brothers and cousins in the Niger Republic. Leave the oil fields owned by Indimi and Babangida for the people of Niger-Delta. Karu, El-Rufai GO AWAY WITH YOUR MURDERING CATTLE HERDERS. GO AWAY!

  • Nkem

    This people don’t get it. They never do. That refinery is dead as dodo. Accept it. When you pursue the path of unsustainable policies and unsustainable programmes that is what you get in the long run.
    As for Baru who thinks his prime mandate is to ‘revive’ everything in Kaduna while he holds the rains, he should go and ask Shamsudeen Usman plus Tanimu Yakubu plus others who though that their mission in Yar’dua’s presidency and priority was the northern economy. They even conspired to reverse the sale of the refinery to Dangote, thinking they were doing Obasanjo. That refineries would have been doing way better than the relic it is today, but no, they used their hands to kill themselves.

    • klara

      Nice

  • Egbu Yugo

    Have they factored in the operational costs? Smh

  • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

    Useless Biafra war Generation. Backward Typr writer corrupt thieving bastards Generation. 2019 is coming. Youths stand up now and take control of that election. Kick out all the old men in politics. Our oldest Politician should be our president and he must be less than 50 years old. Governors, senators and federal reps from 30 to 40 years. Buhari and his primitive generation must go to retirement homes.

  • Amin

    in my opinion, sincere dialog and not crocodile smile should be established between the govtm and the niger delta people like yaradua did so as to maintain stability in the oil sector. but this niger republic calculation is wrong and should be kept aside

  • tuby NY

    Oh well, it can be gotten from anywhere and it has to be gotten SOMEWHERE because the economy (oil refinery) in this area has to work!!.. and NO ONE or REGION should hold the other hostage like this ND region oil pipeline sabotaged/bombing is basically doing to crude demand of this area according to above article.
    So if it’s easier to safely source their oil demand from somewhere else (even from outside d country) until the ND headache is REALLY settled once and for all — SO BE IT yo.

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  • thusspokez

    “The Nigeria Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is exploring the possibilities of piping crude oil from Niger Republic for refining in Kaduna, NNPC Group Managing Director, GMD, Maikanti Baru, said on Friday.”

    “Mr. Baru who visited Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i in Kaduna, said President Muhammadu Buhari was personally committed to the project.”

    What a bunch of first-class føøls. The thinking in the Buhari administration, I suppose, must be: “better for boko harm to blow them up than the Niger Delta militants”.

  • thusspokez

    …crude oil from Niger Republic for refining in Kaduna

    The main Niger oil field is about 426km from Niger’s own refinery at Zinder which is in turn 484km from Kaduna. So to supply Kaduna refinery, a 484km (or 910km from Agadem field) of pipeline would have to be built. The question is whether this is feasible or not and how long it will take to complete the project. I despair that anyone in their right mind would consider this as a possible solution. It shows the low level of intellect of the people who are running the Nigerian government.

  • Pj

    What a short cited president, if we now imports crude oil to refine for our consumption, & abandon niger delta oil, were will FG get d money to buy d crude oil from Niger? our revenue genaration is dwendling evry month or is it d agricultural produce in d north that will finance d project, PMB is only lookin for a way to include his Book Harram brothers in d amnesty programs which d Niger delta miscreants are enjoyin. U imagin were they murder people at their will without any provocation, & buhuri will suggest amnest for them, so now is the upportunity to give them wat will bring amnesty to them, because its a well knw fact that the project will be the major target & we should be preparing for mass burial. & d different is Boko harram are murderers while d avengers re just thieves, let PMB go on to decive Nigerians but certinly not me. For now I only say my watch,

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  • Rommel

    I have told the animals in the Niger delta that Venezuela is the country with the largest deposit of crude oil in the world with over 700 billion barrels proven reserves compared to 32 billion for Nigeria yet they are begging for food,I hope the Niger delta people will not want such to be their fate,maybe they think they will survive through armed robbery and kidnapping.

    • paul irumundomon

      There is no arm robbery in the north, but their religion gave them terrorists and child suicide bombers. Very soon in the north, pregnant women will begin to carry bombs. He should buy from Saudi and iran, so that their environments in the north will also be destroyed the same way British and American oil companies, destroyed niger delta. Buhari good luck and forget about Niger delta oil. Niger delta are tired of the north, make sure you continue to give out oil blocks to northern cabals. If the north can survive, niger delta people will survive twice more. Let’s see how long it will take you to come back on your knees, clues less president.
      Rommel, what ever your fake name is, why hide behind a fake name, if you know the meaning of animal, it best describe you and your families.

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  • Amin

    No! but constructing and building 1000km pipe line from niger to kaduna is not a good decision either considering the economic situation of the country and imaging what that huge resources can do to nigeria. in my opinion, the government should employ means, aim at achieving a lasting solution to the niger delta problem. yaradua might have made a wrong decision but atleast, it gave him absolute peace throughout his administration. this government should think too