The Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), have started negotiations, targeted at working out the modalities for the involvement of Niger Delta youths in the ownership and management of modular refineries, Independent reports.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had in a recent visit to the Niger Delta, promised that the Federal Government would get the youths involved in refining instead of destroying their illegal refineries. Investigations showed that since the declaration, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, Minister of State on Petroleum Resources and Mr. Mordecai Ladan, Director of DPR have been in discussions to work out acceptable modalities for the youths’ engagement.
A source in the ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Minister of State has been meeting with the DPR director to agree on the best and practicable ways forward. “The Minister is interested and has been engaging with the DPR in order to agree on the number, locations and capacities of the modular refineries,” the source said.