A group under the aegis of Peace, Development Security and Humanitarian Rights Association of Niger Deltans has called on NNPC Nigeria Limited to provide the sum of N621 billion for the establishment of 79 Modular Refineries in the Niger Delta region to solve the persistent problem of petroleum products scarcity and shortage across the nation.
Comrade Mike Tiemo, the Group President who made this demand in the spirit and letter of Executive Order Seven as claimed by NNPC, said in pursuant to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on the 21st of December 2021, between the NNPC Nigeria Limited and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing was done to enable the apex oil company to provide N621 billion for the construction and completion of twenty roads spanning 1800 kilometers.
Comrade Tiemo pointed out that, in that (MOU), NNPC claimed Executive Order Seven which is said to be for all Nigerian businesses hence the management of NNPC exercised the order to fix some FG roads.
Comrade Tiemo according to the Executive Order law, once again called on NNPC to likewise provide N621 billion for the establishment and commencement of 79 Community based Modular Refineries in the Niger Delta region.
He also pointed out that there is an urgent need for NNPC Nigeria Limited particularly in the area of her primary and statutory function which is the petroleum sector to make that same amount of N621 billion available for the immediate commencement and establishment of 79 Community based Modular Refineries in the Niger Delta region to solve myriads of problems in the region in particular and Nigeria in general.
He emphasised that if these community-based modular refineries are established it will remove the bottlenecks of the scarcity of Petroleum Products such as Petrol, kerosene, diesel, cooking and industrial gas.
Continuing he remarked: “l have reason to believe that this salient suggestion bordering on the establishment of Modular Refineries will be treated with the seriousness it deserves since, the NNPC is magnanimous enough to look into areas that are clearly secondary in terms of priority because it runs contrary to moral justice for NNPC that is fixing roads to refuse a proposal on Modular Refineries, adding that such an action can only be described as a policy summersault which is not a good bargain for our country that is in desperate need to come out of her economic quagmire.
“Community-based Modular Refineries domiciled in the polluted and marginalised Niger Delta region will permanently solve the problems of pipeline vandalism, check the issues of unemployment, illegal bunkering, constant hike in the price of petroleum products that is leading to hyperinflation of our economy, unbearable subsidy regime which is ripping off our commonwealth.
The activist submitted that the establishment of Community based Modular Refineries in the Niger Delta region where there is the availability of feedstock, (Crude oil) will fast track, the healing process of our checkered and ailing economy, it will encourage rapid growth and development, it will engineer and stimulate the spirit of unity, and bring about peace, justice, and progress in the overall interest of Nigerians.
According to Comrade Tiemo, this call is germane and imperative for NNPC Nigeria Limited to make the N621 billion available for the establishment of 79 Modular Refineries because it is also their ultimate concern to develop the Niger Delta that generated the funds used to finance the I800 kilometers Federal road projects that are currently ongoing.
He stressed that the need to establish 79 Community based Modular Refineries in the region where there is the availability of raw materials for that purpose cannot be ostracized.
He added that the establishment of the Modular Refineries will contribute to capacity building, Community development projects, human capital development, women & Youth Training, Empowerment and employment, etc., which Nigeria will not regret and it will save the nation from sixty percent of the burden of borrowing.
Comrade Mike Tiemo averred that in pursuant to the Group letter dated and acknowledged 16th November 2021 to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, and the Group Managing Director of NNPC Nigeria Limited Alhaji Mele Kolo Kyari.
He declared that if this issue is not looked into shortly, the Group will carry out a massive protest and also exploit all legal measures to address the thorny issues of scarcity of Petroleum Products, Pipeline vandalism, illegal bunkering, hike in the price of Petroleum Products that is leading to Persistent hyperinflation in our nation, unbearable subsidy regime which is ripping off our commonwealth and the issues of unemployment, etc for Justice to prevail in the overall interest of all Nigerians.