Mar­itime Univer­sity, Ogoni Cleanup, Mod­u­lar Re­finer­ies, Our Achieve­ments in the N’Delta, Says FG

THISDAY - - NEWS - Em­manuel Ad­deh in Ye­nagoa

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has listed the take-off of the Mar­itime Univer­sity in Delta State, com­mence­ment of Ogoni Cleanup pro­ject and ap­proval of mod­u­lar re­finer­ies as some of its re­cent achieve­ments in the re­gion.

It also men­tioned the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Pres­i­den­tial Amnesty Pro­gramme and in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture and de­vel­op­men­tal projects in sev­eral parts of the in the Niger Delta.

The gov­ern­ment noted that the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ‘Niger Delta New Vi­sion’ is de­signed to de­velop a new and pros­per­ous Niger Delta through its part­ner­ships with states, the pri­vate sec­tor and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

A state­ment by Mr. Arukaino Umukoro, Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent (Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Projects/Niger Delta), Of­fice of the Vice Pres­i­dent, yesterday noted that the projects un­der­score the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s re­newed zeal to right the wrongs of the past in the oil-pro­duc­ing re­gion.

“Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s ad­min­is­tra­tion had ap­proved an in­crease in the take-off grant for the Mar­itime Univer­sity from the N2bn ear­lier an­nounced to N5bn,” he said.

The Pan Niger Delta Fo­rum (PANDEF), um­brella body of tra­di­tional rulers, lead­ers and stake­hold­ers in the re­gion, had a few days ago in As­aba, be­moaned the al­leged aban­don­ment of the Strate­gic Im­ple­men­ta­tion Work Plan (SIWP) for the de­vel­op­ment of the oil and gas-rich area.

But the state­ment also said the train­ing of some Ogoni grad­u­ates ed­u­cated in En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ences to de­velop ca­pac­ity for the Cleanup pro­ject and the demon­stra­tion of tech­nolo­gies in some of the oil im­pacted ar­eas in Ogo­ni­land, namely Bodo, K-Dere, B-Dere, Korokoro, Kwawa, Nsi­sio­ken were some of the on­go­ing projects.

Ac­cord­ing to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, es­tab­lish­ing mod­u­lar re­finer­ies in the Niger Delta re­gion would also pro­mote so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and pro­vide jobs for un­em­ployed youths.

It said that this would sus­tain peace­ful co ex­is­tence in the re­gion and in­crease lo­cal con­tent, mit­i­gate neg­a­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion as­so­ci­ated with il­le­gal re­fin­ery ac­tiv­i­ties, crude oil theft and pipe­lines van­dal­ism.

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