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Use N1.5bn Refinery Rehabilitation Fund To Build Hospitals, Atiku Tells FG

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Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has advised the Federal Government to, instead, use the $1.5bn proposed for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Refinery to build hospitals for Nigerians.

“Rather than spend $1.5 billion on a loss-making refinery, would it not make better economic sense, as well as ensure social justice, to use that money to build mass hospitals for our people,”

Atiku tweeted on his official handle on Thursday evening, restating his disapproval over the matter. “And provide our doctors with better working conditions, so every Nigerian has access to quality healthcare?”

The Federal Government last month announced plans to rehabilitate the refinery.  Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva had explained that the first phase of the rehabilitation will be completed in 18 months which takes the refinery to a production of 90 per cent of its capacity.

According to him, the second phase will be completed in 24months, while the final phase will be completed in 44months.

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