Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said on Thursday that the effort to further deregulate the nation’s downstream sector is yielding positive results as a total of seven applications are being processed for the establishment of modular refineries in Edo State alone.
The minister, who made the disclosure at a Stakeholders Engagement and Enlightenment Campaign held in Benin, the state capital, said three of the applications were already in the approval stage, and that the project is private-sector driven.
The campaign was organized by the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, in collaboration with Edo Stata government.
Kachikwu informed the attendees of the federal government’s intention to ensure rapid development in the Niger Delta region through the establishment of modular refineries, gas flaring commercialization programme, as well as collaboration with the region in ensuring success for the government’s ongoing Amnesty programme.
The minister appreciated the communities within the state’s oil-producing areas for their cooperation with the government by being peaceful in their agitation for fair share of the resources exploited on their soil.
While urging them to continue on the path of peace, he told the congregation that the federal government has set up a committee to identify development needs in the area as it seeks to work towards addressing same within a specific timeline.
The committee, to be headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, also has representatives of the federal and state governments, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and security agencies as members.
While making his remarks, the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, called for the extension of the Amnesty Programme to the state and a yearly stakeholders’ meeting, to encourage development in the state..