Homegrown Solution to African Problem: Harnessing Innovation for Petroleum Refining in Nigeria
Nigeria, a major petroleum producer and exporter, suffers from lack of refining capabilities, sometimes creating supply shortages. To satisfy demand, petroleum products must be imported from other countries. The situation is dire in areas of the Niger Delta. This has contributed to the development of artisanal refining of petroleum—a homegrown solution. Several studies have considered various aspects of this locally innovative strategy, often focusing on its environmental problems. Little attention has been given to how local refining can be harnessed to ameliorate the problems associated with petroleum shortages in Nigeria. This article examines the benefits of local, innovative refineries and argues that they be legitimized and regulated.
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