Chief Abraham Okpani, the Chairman, Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), Abuja chapter on Tuesday, called on the Federal government to build Modular Refineries in the 36 States of the federation.
Chief Okpani made this known in a Statement made available to voiceonlinenews while reacting to the removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria.
He maintained that the establishment of modular refinery will help cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal, create job opportunities and address the challenges facing the nation’s economy.
Recall, that on Monday, May 29, 2023 the 16th President of Nigeria, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced the removal of fuel subsidy, which led to the increase in fuel price.
While stating the relevance of technologists to the society, Chief Okpani lamented that the fuel subsidy removal has not only affected the engineers, Technologists, the field workers, the site skilled and unskilled labourers but the whole economy.
Adding “officials of the Nigeria Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), categorically made the government to know that the negative effects of the subsidy removal, that it will hamper the economy GDP if not curtailed properly.
“The situation is too bad because, the transportation to work places of Artisans, Engineers, Craftsmen, technicians and Nigerians at large to their various sites and offices has increased to 85% recently” .
“The only solution to this is for Federal Government to establish a digital Modular Refinery in every State and also take a look at the living wage not minimum wage to enable high productivity. They should release coastal buses for transportation in all the states, metropolitan cities and rural areas,” he stated.