FG to legalize mini refineries in N Delta, supply them with crude

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The presidency said on Thursday that in fulfilling demands from community leaders, Nigeria will legalise currently outlawed mini refineries in the Niger Delta oil hub by the end of the year and supply them with crude at a reasonable price, Reuters reports.

“The Federal Government has started the process of replacing illegal refineries in the region with modular ones,” the presidency said in a statement as Acting President Yemi Osinbajo met Niger Delta community leaders in Abuja. Each of the Niger Delta states would receive two modular refineries to start up in the fourth quarter, the statement said. The community leaders welcomed the outcome of the meeting following their earlier ultimatum.

“The meeting was excellent. We met with Mr Acting President and the discussion was very honest, truthful, forthright. We are very, very satisfied. No more ultimatum,” Edwin Clark, head of the community leaders, told reporters. “There is more consensus,” Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said after the meeting, without elaborating. “Today was an environment of peace, calm, friendliness, and mutual dialogue of issues.”

 

  • Bright Ezeh

    Good one Up buhari and osibanjo this is what Jonathan denied us, we need more of it so that we can stop this useless lmportation of fuel and gas and also create more jobs for our youths

  • Chiedozie Ajawara

    “The presidency said on Thursday that in fulfilling demands from community leaders, Nigeria will legalise currently outlawed mini refineries in the Niger Delta oil hub by the end of the year and supply them with crude at a reasonable price” I say Right Move in the Right Direction. This policy has been way delayed and deferred for far too long. “IT MAKES SENSE” All these years the technology for local refineries that date back to the Nigeria Civil War was in the Niger Delta. Instead of encouraging the advancement and providing crude oil legally, the FGN spent time and money destroying the home grown technology with the Joint Task Force destroying many so called illegal refineries every month and turns around pay so much to the Cabal to trade crude oil for imported refined fuel from outside. It reminds one of the colonial days when every grain of salt that was not imported by the Royal Niger Company and/or UAC was illicit salt and every drop of liquor not imported by the same colonial companies were considered illicit gin. Soon and very soon, our country Nigeria will learn not to deploy soldiers to guard the slab.

  • ABEL IKE