Osinbajo orders oil firms back to Niger Delta
The acting President Yemi Osinbajo has orderd all international oil companies operating in the Niger-Delta region but with head offices in other parts of Nigeria to relocate to the zone.
Osinbajo gave the directive in Akwa Ibom State.
It is believed that this is the first time such order would be given by the presidency since 1999 when Nigeria returned to democratic rule.
The oil companies carry out their operations in the Niger Delta region, which is now seriously affected by spillage, but have their head offices in Abuja and Lagos.
Vanguard reports that Osinbajo gave the directive at a town hall meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, which he visited as part of efforts to end the Niger Delta crisis.
Meanwhile, Osinbajo has asked the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to begin the process of engaging the international oil firms to ensure the directive is adhered to since it was the right thing to do.
He revealed that the Petroleum Ministry was working with the oil firms working on illegal refineries to establish modular refineries to achieve the desired result.
He further noted that the Ministry of Petrolum and the Presidential Amnesty Office were doing their best with state governments in the Niger Delta to the benefit of the youths in the area.
Emphasizing that the government was committed on the Ibaka deep Sea port project, he added: “Indeed as a matter of fact, in the 2017 budget there is already a provision for the Ibaka port. There is already N1 billion provision.
“It is a matter we take seriously to partner with the Akwa Ibom State government.”
He also pleaded with the region to attract private investments in their domain to boost employment for the youths.
Besides, Governor Udom Emmanuel had pleaded with the federal government to integrate Akwa Ibom indigenes, who were left out in the amnesty programmes.
He also pleaded for the reactivation of the Aluminum Smelter Company (ALSCON) at Ikot Abasi local government area of the state to create more opportunities for the people.
“With facilities we have in ALSCON, we cannot see it anywhere in Africa; from the services, communication to power generation you can create seven profits centres,” he said.