The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Paul Boroh has said that the federal government will soon introduce a programme to end gas flaring in the Niger Delta region, Premium Times reports.
Mr. Boroh, a retired brigadier general, said this on Friday during the inauguration of a water project in Gelegele-Gbene community near Benin in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo.
He said the programme, tagged “National Gas Flaring Commercialisation Programme”, would generate about 36, 000 direct jobs and 200, 000 indirect jobs in the Niger Delta.
He said that the gas would be harnessed for cooking, electricity and other industrial uses, adding that government had identified 48 sites for the first phase of the programme.
Mr. Boroh, who did not give an effective date for the commencement of the programme, said it had been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Mr. Boroh, however, said the programme would be private sector driven.