Homegrown Solution to African Problem: Harnessing Innovation for Petroleum Refining in Nigeria

  • Nathaniel Umukoro Delta State University, Nigeria
Keywords: Homegrown Solution, 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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Author Biography

Nathaniel Umukoro, Delta State University, Nigeria

Dr. Nathaniel Umukoro holds a Ph.D. in peace and conflict studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. During his doctoral studies, he was a fellow of the next generation social sciences in the Africa program of the Social Science Research Council, New York. He is also an alumnus of Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, U.S. and the George Eckert Institute, Germany. He has published over 30 journal articles and chapters in books. He specializes in security and strategic studies with regional focus on Africa. Nathaniel Umukoro is currently a senior lecturer in the department of political science, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.


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