The Presidential candidate of the Accord Party, Prof. Chris Imumolen, has promised to revive ailing refineries and build modular ones if elected president this month.
Imumolen, 39, made the pledge at an interactive session organised by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos, on Tuesday.
The candidate maintained that doing so would address the lingering fuel scarcity and the controversial subsidy regime.
He also promised to end oil theft in the oil-producing region.
“We will rehabilitate those involved in the illegal oil business and put their talents to good use to boost production.
“Our refineries are just lying there doing nothing and those in power deliberately don’t want to revive them because they want to continue to enjoy the scam called a subsidy.
“We are coming to revive those refineries and make them functional so as to boost local production.
“We will not stop there, we shall build modular ones so that we can end the era of fuel scarcity and the subsidy regime,” he said.
He said that his government would harness the talents of bunkers in the creeks for the benefit of the nation’s economic growth.
According to him, 90 per cent of the diesel we consume in this country is refined locally in the creeks.
Imumolen also promised to run an all-inclusive government.
He added that he would create an opportunity for the youths, women, orphans and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
If elected president, he said he would build technologically advanced economy that would enable youths to attain their full potential.
“I will introduce social welfare packages for the aged, PWDs, orphans, retirees and all the less privileged Nigerians,” he said.
Earlier, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, the Director-General of the institute, said that NIPPS provided the platform for all presidential candidates to interface with Nigerians.
Represented by Prof. Fummi Para-Mallam, the Director of Studies of the institute, Omotayo thanked the candidate for accepting to appear on the platform.
He urged other candidates to take the advantage of the opportunity to interface with Nigerians.
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