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.”