Shipments for two modular refineries that will be installed in Delta and River States will be arriving very soon.
This was disclosed at the meeting presided over by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja at the weekend.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said the meeting was briefed on the progress of the modular refineries and that one set of modular refinery package shipment has since arrived Nigeria.
He said after undergoing clearance at customs, it will be installed in Delta State; while another set, which is expected to arrive the country in April this year, would be installed in Rivers State.
He explained it was one of the highlights of the meeting of the Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee called to assess progress on the implementation of the Buhari administration’s New Vision for Niger Delta.
He said the meeting also received reports of ongoing development projects being implemented in the region.
The operation of the modular refineries would include the involvement of communities where they are located.
Prof. Osinbajo said this would ensure that communities benefit directly from the refineries which would help create jobs and engage youths in the region.
It will be recalled that in December last year, the Inter-Ministerial Committee received a report that 38 licensed privately financed greenfield and mini-modular refineries’ investors have so far indicated interests in the establishment of refineries in the region, with at least ten (10) of the licensed refineries at an advanced stage of development.
In the same vein, the NDDC reported at the meeting its progress in the implementation of its projects in the region.
In 2017, a total of 372 projects covering roads, bridges, electricity, water, amongst others, were completed by the commission.
The development projects include the 25.7 km Nembe-Ogbia road, which would be commissioned soon; the construction of Otueke Internal roads in Ogbia LGA, Bayelsa State; Kira Dere Mogho road and Bridge in Gokana LGA, Rivers State.
Amaka E. Nliam