If eventually approved the operation of the proposed moduler refinery will position oil bearing community to drive local economy.
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) has assured the people of the region that the proposed modular refineries in oil producing communities will engender a new era in the Niger Delta region.
In a statement from the Amnesty Office, issued in Yenagoa, Gen. Boroh reiterated the sincere commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal towards the people of the Niger Delta region and applauded the federal government’s new vision for the region.
The Amnesty boss maintained that the federal government’s intention of making oil bearing the hub for refining and related activities will not only create decent jobs and income for the people, but put them in a better position to drive the local economy.
While appealing to the youths to be calm, focused and more articulate in their quest for better living conditions, the Amnesty Coordinator enjoined them to rather, take advantage of the good gestures of the present administration in seeking better ways to participate in the development process of the region through meaning engagements.
According to the Amnesty boss, the federal government’s new partnership arrangement with the oil producing states, local governments, oil companies and the private sector, including civil society organizations, will bring about an unprecedented infrastructural development in the region.
Gen. Boroh commended the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for taking the pains to identify with the people through his tour of the region, noting that the planned oil-communities-intervention-meeting by the federal government to chart short, medium and long term development blueprint for the region was another master stroke that will enhance the socio-economic activities in the region.
He expressed the hope that with the proposed coming on stream of modular refineries in oil bearing communities, the ex-agitators and other youths in the region will be meaningfully engaged in decent jobs, while those with entrepreneurial skills in oil and gas can participate in the petro-chemical industries in their communities which will soon become the new hub for refining activities.