The Federal Government has commenced discussions with operators of illegal refineries in the Nigeria Delta, with the aim to creating modular refineries, the acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has revealed.
This is an about turn from the stand of the Government which has always been averse to the existence of illegal refineries in the region, with the military and other paramilitary agencies frequently destroying the refineries, suspected to be owned mostly by Niger Delta militant leaders.
Speaking on Tuesday at Port Harcourt, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said that the nation needs to create work for the operators of illegal refineries in the country.
“Our approach to that is that we must engage them (illegal refiners) by establishing modular refineries so that they can participate in legal refineries. We have recognised that young men must be properly engaged,” he said.
Since assuming the office of Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has visited states in the Niger Delta on a number of times. Relative peace has been achieved since the Acting President commenced his visits. This has also impacted positively on the production of crude oil, which had been paralysed by the activities of the Niger Delta militants agitating for economic emancipation of the region.
Led by Osinbajo, the Federal government is said to be holding talks with the militants to achieve absolute calm in the Oil rich area, pledging to continue the amnesty programme to their benefit.