The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that plans to end gas flaring in the country has reached advanced stage through the National Gas Flaring Commercialization Programme.
It said 48 sites across the Niger Delta region have been identified in the first phase where the gas would be harnessed for cooking, electricity and other industrial use.
This was disclosed by Special Adviser to the President Muhammadu Buhari, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh, at Gelegele in Ovia North East local government where he inaugurated a borehole project.
Brig-General Boroh stated that 36, 000 direct jobs as well as 200, 000 indirect jobs would be created in Niger Delta region alone from the ending of gas flaring.
Boroh who is also the National Co-ordinator of the Amnesty programme said the programme would be private sector driven.
He noted that six million households would have access to clean and renewable energy in the Niger Delta when the programme is implemented.
Boroh assured the people that President Buhari was committed to the development of the Niger Delta region by ensuring implementation of programmes that would uplift the people.
He noted that part of the plans to end attacks on oil pipelines was to ensure that pipelines monitoring and protection are community driven.
According to him, “I want you all to know that the government is quite disturbed about the health and environmental impact of gas flaring and is working hard to put an end to this very soon.
“Through this programme also, 6 million house hold would have access to a clean and renewable energy.
“For the pipeline security scheme, it is going to be community driven. The community People where we have these oil installations and facilities are expected to drive this process.The modalities for this is still being worked out.
“For the modular refinery which is also going to be private driven, it is being initiated in order to put an end to the menace of illegal refinery. The blue print on this will be out soon,” he stated.
Zonal President of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Chief Robinson Ogunkoru, called for the establishment of amnesty office in Edo State.
He appealed for pipeline surveillance slot for INC in Edo as well as provision of skill acquisition center in five Ijaw clan of Edo.