The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Nsima Ekere, has hailed the Federal Government over the near take-off of the 10 modular refineries to be sited in five of the nine states of the Niger Delta.
In a New Year message to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, Ekere said it was historic that privately-owned refineries were finally coming to the Niger Delta after nearly two decades of fruitless attempts.
He said the only solution to the nation’s lingering fuel crisis rests in modular refineries where individuals can refine petroleum products in smaller scales.
Ekere stated that the establishment of the refineries was significant as they were certain to tremendously boost fuel supply in the country with their capacity to refine 300,000 barrels of crude oil a day.
According to him, the refineries would create jobs and help ensure peace in the Niger Delta.
He explained that two of the 10 refineries – Amakpe Refinery meant to be located in Akwa Ibom State and OPAC Refinery to be based in Delta State – have their mini-refineries modules already fabricated, assembled and containerised overseas, ready for shipment to Nigeria for installation.
Ekere, who participated in the recent meeting of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee in which the report of the modular refineries was received, praised the Osinbajo for his role in bringing investment and development to the Niger Delta.
Ekere also lauded the President for appointing many indigenes of the Niger Delta into federal boards.
Ekere congratulated the appointees, which include a former Managing Director of NDDC, Mr. Timi Alaibe. Alaibe was named Board Chairman of Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority.