The Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) Retired Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, during a Voice of Nigeria programme has said that the Niger Delta region will soon become a hub of oil business if the modular refineries are operational, The Punch reports.
“The Federal Government’s endorsement for modular refineries to be built by operators of illegal refineries and the process of engaging oil communities to protect oil pipelines have made the Niger Delta people part of the oil business,” he said. Boroh explained that the government resolved the issue of illegal refineries in favour of the people after high-level stakeholders’ meetings.
On the efforts to reform the ex-agitators, he said it took continuous dialogue, patience and perseverance to make them appreciate the sincerity and commitment of the current government. The presidential aide said that PAP initially had 35,000 beneficiaries, noting that 7,000 have already been trained as graduates in various universities within Nigeria and foreign countries in addition to acquiring vocational skills.