Yenagoa, March 6, 2017 (TNE): Ex militants from the Niger Delta on Monday applauded acting President Yemi Osinbajo for directing oil firms to relocate their headquarters to the oil bearing states within the Niger-Delta region.
The ex-agitators who are beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme under phase II in Bayelsa, said that the directive had brought desired respite to youths in host communities.
Speaking on their behalf, the Chairman of the Phase II Amnesty Programme beneficiaries, Mr Salvation Ibena Rufus, said in Yenagoa that with its implementation, the directive would fast-track development of the region.
Rufus commended the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, retired Brig.- Gen. Paul Boroh, for their relentless efforts in ensuring the success of the new partnership between host communities, the federal government and multinational oil companies.
According to him, the youth in the region are pleased with the untiring efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly for considering youths in host communities as active participants in the oil and gas sector.
He noted that the federal government had shown commitment through the planned establishment of modular refineries to replace the present illegal refining activities in the creeks of the Niger Delta.
He said that the ongoing collaboration between the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, as well as and that of the Minister of State for Petroleum, was yielding results, especially in job creation.
Rufus, who is also is a director at the Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority, observed that all the multinational oil companies operating in the region have their offices in either Lagos or Abuja.
Successive governments from 1999 have not been able to achieve much in sincerely proffering solutions to the problems of the Niger Delta region, he said,
He noted that the steps so far taken by the federal government would herald a new lease of life in the quest for a rapid socio-economic development of the Niger Delta region.
Rufus pointed out that the relocation of oil companies to the region would foster peace, unity and rapid development, assuring that his group would work towards hitch-free operations in the region.
The Nigerian Expression recalls that the Acting President gave the directive at a recent town hall meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, during the continuation of his visit to the region. (TNE)