Zaria students build a working mini oil refinery

Nigeria is indeed a blessed nation. We are blessed with both natural and human resources waiting to be tapped.

This statement becomes a reality when we consider the various ingenuieitis of Nigerians across the country.

Some weeks ago, students of Federal University of Owerri built a solar powered tricyle.

As if that is not enough, some students at the department of chemical engineering of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has built a refinery.

The refinery has a capacity to process one barrel of crude oil every day.

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The head of department have said the refinery would be used mainly for training students.

Professor Ibrahim Ali Muhammad Dabo broke the astonishing feat to told Daily Trust Nigeria.

Dabo however stated that the department had the manpower to build a refinery that would be bigger than that of Kaduna if it had government support.

His words: “The initial idea was to construct a 1,000 barrel-capacity refinery.

“However, lack of funding limited us to this one, where we would now be refining one barrel per day.

“Only the controls were sourced from Hong Kong.

“No expatriate was hired from abroad.

“All those that were engaged in this project are Nigerians.

“Therefore, this mini refinery is a product of Nigerian brains.

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“If government can come in, we have the ability to do wonderful things, not only refineries.

“This is our training and it is what our department is meant for,” he said.

According to Dabo, the project which cost N20million had more than 80% of the materials used for the construction sourced locally.

He further stated that the idea of the mini refinery was conceived about 15 years back, but work commenced fully in 2011.