The Bayelsa State Government has expressed its support for the federal government’s proposed liberalisation of modular refineries in the Niger Delta as part of efforts to restore peace to the volatile region.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had revealed this proposal during his ongoing tour of oil producing communities announced plans to establish modular refineries within oil bearing communities in the region.
Commending the federal government in a statement issued in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital, Special Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Oil and Gas, Felix Ayah, said that the move will boost not only the economy of oil producing states and communities, but the entire Nation.
Ayah noted that the decision, when implemented would improve the life of the people and reduce the sufferings of the people as it would make the youths of the region to be gainfully employed.
He called on all Niger Deltans, irrespective of political affiliations, to maintain the peace and collaborate with the government in this laudable proposal.
He added that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has shown evidence that it does not intend to pay only lip service to the development of the Niger Delta region from where over 90 percent of the Nation’s foreign exchange is derived.
The special adviser expressed optimism that the planned modular refineries would empower more Niger Delta people and reduce the spate of conflicts with oil firms as well as increase oil production.
According to him, the modular refineries will also curb the menace of pipeline vandalism and other social vices ravaging in the oil-rich region.
Ayah further pointed out that Governor Seriake Dickson has played an important role in encouraging youths in the state to protect oil facilities.