The Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for enabling the near take-off of the 10 modular refineries to be located in five of the nine states in Niger Delta.
In a new year thank-you message to the President, Ekere said it was historic that privately-owned refineries were finally coming to the Niger Delta through an enabling environment created by the Buhari administration after nearly two decades of fruitless attempts.
He said the establishment of the refineries was significant, as they would boost fuel supply with their capacity to refine 300,000 barrels of crude per day.
Ekere said the refineries would create jobs and help ensure peace in Niger Delta.
He noted 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 fabricated, assembled and containerised overseas, ready for shipment to Nigeria for installation.
The NDDC boss, 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 vice-president for his instrumental role in bringing investment, development and peace to Niger Delta.
He promised that the NDDC would engage the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and other government agencies to promote positive investment in modular refineries.
Ekere pledged the commitment of the NDDC to continue in the massive development of Niger Delta this year.
He hailed President Buhari for the appointment of Niger Delta indigenes into federal boards and for his commitment to address the challenges of the region as contained in his new year address.
Ekere congratulated the appointees, including a former Managing Director of NDDC, Mr. Timi Alaibe, who was named Board Chairman of Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, and urged them to live up to the expectations of the President and Nigerians in the discharge of their duties.
He prayed God to give Buhari good health to lead Nigeria to greater heights.