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Nigeria’s Importation of Refined Diesel Fuel from Niger sparks Widespread Outrage

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There has been a widespread outrage over the news that Nigeria has begun to import refined diesel fuel from Niger, its northern neighbor.

Oil market traders and truck drivers affirmed the imports yesterday.

Fuel (gas) stations in the northern city of Katsina on the border with Niger stock diesel imported from Niger’s Soraz refinery in Zinder, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the border with Nigeria.

“We have imported 90 trucks of diesel from Niger in the past four months in three batches of 30 trucks each,” Lawal Dahiru Mangal, a fuel market trader in Katsina said.

“We secured import licence from the (Nigerian) government for the importation of diesel from the Soraz refinery in Niger which we supply fuel stations in Katsina and neighbouring towns”, said Mangal of MD Mangal petroleum company.

Nigeria, world’s eighth largest oil producer, relies on fuel imports from some foreign countries to meet domestic demands as its four refineries, with a combined installed capacity of 445,000 barrels per day, are underperforming.

They have been grounded for years due largely to corruption and mismanagement.

It produces about 2.2 million barrels of crude per day which it exports and imports refined fuel.

Niger-refined diesel is cheaper than the one Nigeria imports from other countries, Mangal said.

A litre of Niger-imported diesel sells at 160 naira (one dollar) in Katsina compared to 170 naira it sells in other parts of the country.

“We source diesel from Mangal petroleum which imports its consignment from Niger,” Abddullahi Maikaita, a fuel attendant at a filling station in Katsina said.

In 2000 Nigeria removed its subsidy on diesel.

Last November, Niger opened its first refinery in Zinder following the discovery of oil in Agadem, 700 kilometres east of its capital Niamey with a daily production capacity of 20,000 bpd.

What do you think about this recent development? Nigeria, being the world’s eighth largest oil producer still has to rely on imported fuel because the country does not have adequate refineries to provide fuel for its teeming population. How do you feel that Nigeria now has to import fuel from Niger?

Please share your thoughts.

News Source: Vanguard

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

11 Comments

  1. X factor

    July 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

    The answer is obvious; the refinery in Niger belongs to one of ‘them’

  2. mandy

    July 17, 2012 at 8:55 am

    It is such a shame to our dear country that due to mismanagement and a poor maintenance culture, this has had to happen. I saw this coming at the beginning of the year as i work with ECOWAS and the Soraz company registered for free trade to begin exporting fuel to us. Lets learn our lessons from this and try as much as possible to manage what we have properly and put in our best into our work no matter the level. On the bright side, it is cheaper imports for Nigeria thus impacting positively on fuel retail price.

  3. pretty One

    July 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

    My God!!!!!! this is so not unacceptable

  4. Princess of Zion

    July 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

    This situation is just a lesson to us all!!

    http://princessofzion.wordpress.com/

  5. Ugofrances

    July 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

    This country finished! such a shame.

  6. John

    July 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Isn’t the point of the ECOWAS zone that we can all import and export each others’ products? Could you imagine a scandal in Spain if they started buying diesel from over the border in France? No, it’s a trade zone and that’s what trade zones do.

    • IRepNaija

      July 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      The point is not whether we are buying from Niger or not. The point is, what are we buying from Niger? We shouldn’t be importing diesel when we have such vast reserves. It is a product for which we should have a comparative advantage and it is a product that we should be exporting. It is indeed a shame.

  7. Trina

    July 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I think its okay.We’ll soon start importing electricity from Somalia…loooll.
    This country is just a joke

  8. Teris

    July 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

    “How do you FEEL that Nigeria now has to import fuel from Niger?” Seriously?
    what do feelings have to do with anything? are u trying to incite a riot? feel?! SMH.

    raise a logical argument, follow it thru to the end and u will discover something very shocking about Nigerians that has nothing to do with how one feel about our realities. i am beginning to think that our generation (the assumption here being that most, if not all, of the ppl surfing this forum fall in an 18-40 age bracket) is probably going to be held more criminally liable for a failed nation state if things progress in our present direction.

    with our love for designer labels and our reluctance to be involved with the grungier side of our communities, and our obsession with traffic jams and the next months pay, i am sure the name and pedigree of the local government chairman where one lives and pays taxes has completely bypassed most folks’ notice.

    so, dear author, before you ask how ppl “feel” about these things, ask “what are you doing with all that training u got in college while some uneducated folks are making policies that affect how u live and ur quality of life”
    feelings indeed! SMH.

  9. mandy

    July 17, 2012 at 11:34 am

    hi John, yes the ECOWAS Free Trade Area allows for duty free import/exports among ECOWAS’s countries. this means easy access to our markets for Niger’s refined crude oil. So basically, they import crude oil from us, refine it in their well maintained refineries and sell it back into our markets!

  10. pynk

    July 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Have yall ever considered Niger might be closer in proximity? Diesel is deregulated, so it really doesnt matter where it comes from especially given the politics that surround local refining and getting allocation. If marketers wait for NNPC, there probably wont be much diesel for anyone to run generators and a lot of industries wont be serviced.

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