Officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) say there has not been any concrete arrangement to supplement crude oil with imports from Chad or any other African country despite the supply challenges the nation’s refineries are experiencing in getting feedstock due to the vandalism of oil pipelines, The Guardian reports.

In a response to an inquiry yesterday, DPR and NNPC said such an option had not been made official. Responding to whether NNPC has been issued a licence to import crude oil into the country, a DPR source in a text message said: “NNPC is not considering importing crude oil from any country. The corporation is trying to work out some issues. The DPR can only come into the matter once decisions have been concluded by NNPC to import crude oil.”

A reliable source at the NNPC also said yesterday that there has not been any arrangement to that effect. “Even if the corporation is considering such a move, it has not been made official, and I don’t think the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is aware of it. We only read it in the daily and I don’t think any of my colleagues is aware of any such move,” the source said.