Meet AbdulRazak Isah Kutepa, Chairman of the First Government Recognized Modular Refinery in Nigeria
On the afternoon of November 25th, 2020 President Muhammadu buhari virtually commissioned the first government-recognized Operational Modular Refinery in the country, The Waltersmith Modular refinery in Ibigwe Imo state.
Across the south-south and Niger Delta region of Nigeria, there were already large numbers of small operational modular refineries, who were operating illegally and refine mostly stolen crude. This has caused a huge loss of earnings to the country. When the buhari administration came into power in 2015, there was a need to address the lingering crises in the oil industry. In 2018 the government designed a roadmap that would help address the problem of illegal crude oil refining and also make petroleum products available.
Amongst the solutions stated in the road map was the approval for private-public partnership in the construction of modular refineries across the country, the government issued 35 licenses for the construction of modular refineries. This gave birth to the development and construction of the 5000 barrel per day WalterSmith Modular Refinery and the man behind the wheel is no other than AbdulRazak Isah Kutepa.
AbdulRazak Isah Kutepa, a Lokoja-Born Kogi business mogul is the Chairman and CEO of Waltersmith petrochemical company. He was born on the 7th of February, 1961 in Lokoja the Kogi state capital. He attended the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, between 1979 to 1982, and graduated with honors in Sociology.
In his quest for knowledge, Mr. AbdulRazak Isah Kutepa has since his graduation from ABU attended various professional programs in financial services, oil and gas at Citibank Global Training School, New York. Kutepa also attended Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the University of Singapore and Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
Mr. AbdulRazak Isah Kutepa is experienced in asset development, management, strategy, business integration, finance management. The Kogi state business mogul is from Basa local government area which consists of the minority ethnic group in the state and this singular fact has played largely against him in his quest for the governorship of Kogi state in 2011 and 2015.
Mr. AbdulRazak Isah Kutepa is also the founder and sponsor of Alhaji Isa Kutepa Foundation, a foundation that has helped to provide portable drinking water to different parts of Kogi State. He is happily married to an Igbo woman from Imo state and blesses with children.
Mr. AbdulRazak Isah Kutepa has confirmed the expansion of the WalterSmith Modular refinery from it 5,000 barrels per day to a 45,000 barrels per day refinery to help meets the demand for refined petroleum product in the South-East.