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How Cross River Government Wasted N13million On Licensing ‘Ghost’ Ultra-Modern Petrol Station

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How Cross River Government Wasted N13million On Licensing ‘Ghost’ Ultra-Modern Petrol Station



In 2015, immediately after he was sworn in as the governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade, unveiled a plan to build and operate an ultra-modern filling station called Petrocross.

The ultra-modern fuel station, according to the governor, was to boost the state’s revenue and transform the state that is hitherto known as a Civil Servants’ State into a private investment-driven one.

To that effect, he directed the Department of Petroleum Resources to deliver a plan to invest in all areas of the oil and gas value chain. Then he approved the construction of a 50,000 metric tons capacity tank farm for storage to be relied upon in a time of scarcity.

“We are not looking for money; just give us the license to find oil in our own Cross River Basin, and partner with international corporations to exploit it. After all, hydrocarbons are getting old fashioned and in eight years from now, no one will talk about it,” Ayade was quoted as saying in October 2017 when he received then Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani and Minister of State, Prof. Claudius Daramola during a courtesy visit to the Government House in Calabar.

In October 2020, the sum of N13million was released to Messers Design Line Enterprise for the statutory registration and licensing of Petrocross for the ultra-modern fuel station. The company was first registered on 15 June 2005 during Governor Donald Duke’s term with registration number 626239 as Petrocross Refineries & Petrochemicals Co…

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