FG Mulls Authorising Illegal Refineries To Transform Niger Delta

Paul Boroh, Niger Delta, RefineriesAmidst the challenges of inadequate local refining capacity and meeting the demand for refined petroleum products, the Federal Government seems to be thinking of encouraging artisanal refineries which had bridged the product supply gap for decades.

Although outlawed, more than 60% of diesel and kerosene used in the region are sourced from local bush refineries produced from stolen crude through fractional distillation.

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd), says the Federal Government plans to liberalise modular refineries to develop the oil rich Niger Delta region.

Mr Boroh, who is the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, assured the people of the region that the proposed modular refineries in oil-producing communities would engender a new era in the Niger Delta region.

New Vision For Niger Delta

Speaking on Saturday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, he restated the commitment of the President Buhari’s administration towards the people of the region.

The President’s aide stated that the Federal Government’s intention of making oil bearing the hub for refining and related activities would not only create decent jobs and income for the people, but put them in a better position to drive the local economy.

While lauding the government’s new vision for the region, appealed to the youths to be calm, focused and more articulate in their quest for better living conditions and take advantage of the good gestures of the present administration.

“The Federal Government is seeking better ways for Niger Delta people to participate in the development process of the region through meaningful engagements.

“The Federal Government’s new partnership arrangement will bring about an unprecedented infrastructural development in the region.

“The government is working with the oil-producing states, local governments, oil companies and the private sector, including civil society organisations to achieve sustainable development in Niger Delta,” the amnesty coordinator revealed.

New Hub For Refining Activities

Boroh further commended the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, for taking the pains to identify with the people through his tour of the region.

I’m Not Under Any Pressure To Resign – Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo visits Niger Delta region

“The planned oil-communities-intervention-meeting by the Federal Government to chart short, medium and long term development blueprint is a strategy to enhance the socio-economic activities in the region.

“The proposed coming on stream of modular refineries in oil bearing communities, the ex-agitators and other youths in the region will be meaningfully engaged in decent job.

“Those with entrepreneurial skills in oil and gas can participate in the petro-chemical industries in their communities which will soon become the new hub for refining activities,” he explained.

Reacting to Boroh’s remarks, Chairman of Phase II Ex-agitators in the Niger Delta, Honourable Salvation Rifus, applauded President Buhari for demonstrating his sincere wish for the people of the region.

He said the option of allowing modular refineries to be located in oil bearing communities in the Niger Delta region speaks volume of the sincere intentions of the present administration towards the Niger Delta youths.

Rifus added that the tour of the oil communities by the Acting President had shown that the Federal Government was committed to the development of the region.

He noted that the decision to allow the oil bearing communities to legally operate modular refineries was the best thing that has happened to the people, describing it as a welcome development.

Ex-Militants Offer To Help Military Uncover Oil Pipeline Bombers

Militants Offer Partnership With Military To Uncover Oil Pipeline BombersLeaders of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in Edo state say they are willing to work with the military to fish out those who are involved in the bombing of oil pipelines in the Niger Delta region.

Mr Reuben Wilson spoke on behalf of the ex-militants under the aegis of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative during a press briefing in Benin City the Edo state capital.

He said that the approval of the 2017 budget for the amnesty programme by President Muhammadu Buhari was a sign of his commitment to restore total peace to the Niger Delta region.

“We were there before embracing amnesty and we know every in and out of that area. That is why I said it here that we will work hand to hand with the security agencies.

“That place is not strange for us, it is (a place) where we have operated in those days before accepting amnesty.

“So we will go down and work hand in hand with security agencies if we are accepted. That is one thing. If the security agencies want us to work hand in hand with them, we will work and we know total peace will come back,” he said.

The Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh said the ex-militants have embraced the agriculture programme of the Federal Government.

He said: “Like the Peremabiri Rice Farm, am making arrangement with the Minister of Water Resources. That farm is not under the Ministry of Agriculture, it is under the Ministry of Water Resources.

“I met with the Minister and he is very happy and we are planning to go together even though I have the knowledge of the place so that we can use it as part of the training ground to train the ex-agitators so that they can have first-hand information about how rice is being farmed.”

Ex-Niger Delta Militants Vow To Expose Pipeline Vandals

amnesty1Ex-militants in the Niger Delta region, have resolved to protect the sovereignty of the country and expose anyone found vandalising oil and gas installations within their communities, citing its negative effect on the environment and the mindset of investors.

They made the pledge at an emergency meeting organised by the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (RTD).

The meeting was held with the leaders of the Ex-Agitators, captured under the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), in Benin City the capital of Edo State.

Its central focus was to foster peace and stability in the Niger Delta region, and the meeting was well attended by State Coordinators and members from all the nine Niger Delta States.

The meeting can be tagged a huge success, as all the leaders present, equally pledged their support for the current administration’s, Agricultural Empowerment Programmes for beneficiaries.

The Amnesty Programme has in recent times, focused on training and empowering beneficiaries in Agricultural activities.

Just recently, about 200 ex-agitators were successfully trained and empowered on enhanced agriculture at the National Biotechnology Development Center, in Odi, Baylesa State, while some others have been empowered with starter packs, to start their own farms.

One of the Leaders, Pastor Ruben Wilson, thanked General Boroh for his unbiased coordination of the Amnesty Programme, stating that under Boroh’s watch, the Amnesty Programme had transformed from a political tool, to a well-coordinated reintegration platform for the repentant Agitators of the Niger Delta Region.

In his response, General Boroh lauded the ex-agitators for their patience and perseverance, while also promising them of the Federal Government’s commitment to improving their lives, as well as other youths in the region.

Ex-Niger Delta Militants Ask For Five Months Outstanding Salary

Chevron Pipeline, Niger Delta Militants, DeltaFormer Niger Delta militants, under the Presidential Amnesty Programme, are appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to speedily intervene in the payment of five months’ salaries owed them.

The over 30,000 ex-militants believe that the President’s quick intervention would douse the tension that is already mounting in the region over the unpaid arrears.

The Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Phase Two in Bayelsa State, Salvation Ibina-Rufus, urged Mr Buhari to order the Federal Ministry of Finance to release money to pay the ex-agitators to avoid another round of restiveness in the region.

“We equally want to use this medium to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the Minister of Finance to release the 30 billion Naira approved by the Presidency to the Amnesty Office to enable Boroh to perform his work effectively to avoid another round of restiveness in the region.

“We are optimistic that President Buhari is aware of the sufferings and pains Christians suffered during the Christmas celebration due to non-release of salaries by the Ministry of Finance,” he said.

Ibina-Rufus made the appeal, as he sympathised with the aggrieved ex-militants, encouraging them to exercise patience with the government.

Maintain Peace And Order

He noted that based on the meeting held with Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd), he was hopeful that beneficiaries of the scheme would be paid immediately after the New Year celebration.

The former militant believes that the delay in payment that they were experiencing was due to the Ministry of Finance’s inability to release funds for the Amnesty office to commence payment.

He then commended his members for their patience and understanding, saying, “this is really a tempting time so I am advising you to maintain the existing peace”.

He rationalised that Boroh had shown sincerity and commitment to ensuring the payment of all their arrears and advised other former militants to maintain peace and order, assuring them that he is very optimistic that their salaries would be paid immediately after official duties resumes.

Government To Train 13,000 Remaining Niger Delta Ex-agitators

militant, NPDC, Delta, Pipelines Niger DeltaThe Nigerian government is set to begin the training of the remaining 13,000 ex-agitators under the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme.

The Coordinator of the Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd), told a press conference in Abuja that 10,000 of the ex-agitators would be trained in the agriculture sector.

He said that the remaining 3,000 would be trained in the oil and gas sector.

Brigadier General Boroh, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, encouraged state governments in the region to find a way of engaging the militants for meaningful development.

This is coming at a period that the Nigerian government is making efforts to end the resurgence of militant activities in the Niger Delta region.

Some of the militants in the region had of late taken up arms and have attacked oil installations in the region.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most attacks.

Recently, the group said it has agreed to a ceasefire and was ready for negotiation with the Nigerian government.

120 Ex-Militants Graduate From Auto Mechanical Training

ex-militantsThe amnesty programme initiated as a masterpiece conflict resolution strategy by the Federal Government of Nigeria has again empowered 120 ex-militants with skills in automobile assembling and repairs. 

At a graduation ceremony held for the ex-militants at Innoson Academy in Nnewi, Anambra State, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd), said the amnesty programme, which was in the last stage of re-integration, had helped in the reintegration of ex-agitators of the Niger Delta.

The Innoson Automobile Factory at Nnewi came alive with an unusual melody exclusive to the people of the Niger Delta.

It was the expression of joy of the 120 ex-militants who were graduating, having undergone the amnesty training programme in automobile skill.

The traditional music became more frenzied at the arrival of Brigadier General Boroh who was welcomed with a dance by the graduating ex-militants.

First, the environment of the skill acquisition centre was inspected.

A well organised training centre with the beneficiaries being taught automobile assemblage from scratch to finish and according to the Heads of Training Department, Mr Lewis Ekiyor and Mr Dortimi Kester, the training programme had produced pilots, aviation maintenance engineers, auto mechanics, welders, caterers, fashion and garment designers and technicians among other skills and had also launched into agriculture.

While the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme maintained that the amnesty programme was succeeding in re-integrating the ex-militants, the Deputy Governor of Anambra state, Nkem Okeke, who represented the governor, commended the initiative and urged the beneficiaries to improve their lives with the skills they have acquired.

The beneficiaries of the scheme, expressing their joy with the presidential gesture, said they had assumed new life-style different from their creek experience and for them it was the best thing that had ever happened to them.

With a group photograph, the programme ended with firm assurances from Brigadier General Boroh, stating that the Exit Strategy, which bothers on successful ending of the programme for beneficiaries, must be implemented so that the issue of militancy would be completely exterminated.