The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has described the approval of $1.5bn for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Refinery as a sign that the Federal Authorities has woken up from its slumber.
The IYC in a press release signed by its President, Peter Timothy Igbifa, stated although reviving and optimising the refinery was lengthy overdue, it was higher late than by no means.
Igbifa, who described the transfer as a welcome growth stated it will create employment for the teeming jobless youths within the Niger Delta area and enhance the nation’s refining capability.
The IYC boss additionally expressed optimism that the undertaking when accomplished would scale back youth restiveness and criminality within the area.
He suggested the Federal Authorities to not play politics with the undertaking.
Igbifa referred to as on the federal government to swing into motion instantly by releasing cash instantly to again up its approval.
Igbifa stated: “This could not finish in funds approval, cash ought to be launched as and when due. We don’t wish to hear the same old excuse that the undertaking is being delayed for lack of funds. We listened fastidiously because the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, reeled out the timeline for the undertaking and we expect the rehabilitation to observe the timeline.
“As a council, which fights for the curiosity of Ijaw youths and different youths within the Niger Delta, we shall be constituting an motion committee to work intently with the ministry of petroleum and the contractors that shall be answerable for the rehabilitation undertaking. We are going to monitor the execution of this undertaking from the start to the tip and if we discover any foul play, we are going to certainly increase the alarm”.
Igbifa stated it smacked of unseriousness and irresponsibility for an oil-producing nation like Nigeria to be promoting crude oil and importing refined merchandise, including that the transfer to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt refinery would progressively carry an finish to the financial catastrophe.
PH Refinery Rehabilitation: Ijaw Youth Council lauds FG for waking up from slumber