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If eventually approved the operation of the proposed moduler refinery will po­sition oil bearing commu­nity to drive local economy.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presiden­tial Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Bo­roh (Rtd) has assured the people of the region that the proposed modular refineries in oil producing communi­ties will engender a new era in the Niger Delta region.

In a statement from the Amnesty Office, issued in Yenagoa, Gen. Boroh re­iterated the sincere com­mitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal towards the people of the Niger Delta region and applauded the federal gov­ernment’s new vision for the region.

The Amnesty boss main­tained that the federal gov­ernment’s intention of mak­ing oil bearing the hub for refining and related activities will not only create decent jobs and income for the peo­ple, but put them in a better position to drive the local economy.

While appealing to the youths to be calm, focused and more articulate in their quest for better living con­ditions, the Amnesty Co­ordinator enjoined them to rather, take advantage of the good gestures of the present administration in seeking better ways to participate in the development process of the region through meaning engagements.

Paul Boroh

According to the Am­nesty boss, the federal gov­ernment’s new partnership arrangement with the oil producing states, local gov­ernments, oil companies and the private sector, including civil society organizations, will bring about an unprec­edented infrastructural de­velopment in the region.

Gen. Boroh commended the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for taking the pains to identify with the people through his tour of the region, noting that the planned oil-communities-intervention-meeting by the federal government to chart short, medium and long term development blueprint for the region was another master stroke that will en­hance the socio-economic activities in the region.

He expressed the hope that with 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 jobs, while 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.

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