Osinbajo orders oil companies to relocate to Niger Delta

Osinbajo wades into bloody border clashes between three states

According to Premium Times, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikuw to work out a way forward.

Other demands include completion of the East-West road, relocation of multinational oil and gas companies' headquarters to the state and the region.

"I think it is the right thing to do", he said at a townhall meeting in Uyo where he gave the directive.

"The ministry of petroleum and the amnesty office are working with individual states; certainly they will be working with Akwa Ibom State to ensure that they also get the benefits".

Osinbajo was also conferred with the chieftaincy title of Obong Emem Ibom by the Akwa Ibom state Traditional Rulers Council. Whatever the federal or state government can produce is only a fraction of what private investment can bring.

Earlier, Governor Udom Emmanuel appealed to the Federal Government to integrate Akwa Ibom indigenes who were left out in the amnesty programmes, as well as stressed the need for the reactivation of the Aluminum Smelter Company (ALSCON) at Ikot Abais local government area of the state to create more opportunities for the people.

"With facilities we have in ALSCON, we cannot see it anywhere in Africa; from the services, communication to power generation you can create seven profits centres", he said. The facilities you have there you can not find it anywhere in Africa. There's no oil depot in the state for refined petroleum products.

"If we are the highest producer of crude oil what happen that we never for one day produce the managing director of NNPC".

The Governor observed that the Ministry of Niger Delta looked incapacitated to carry out its functions because of funding.

"We can no longer guarantee that the youth will continue to listen to us if the federal government continues to ignore us".

Meanwhile, granting most of the request from the people of Akwa Ibom, The Federal Government has directed that worldwide oil companies (IOCs) operating in the country to relocate their headquarters to their operational base, noting that, this was the best thing to dAccording to him, this move would reduce tension with the host communities and lead to reduction of youth restiveness in the area also.

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