Dr Ibe Kacikwu, Nigeria’s minister of Petroleum Resources, has revealed how Nigeria can put an end to pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region.
The under fire minister who made his mind known during a town hall meeting in Akwa Ibom, said the militants must be given an enabling environment in their region that will empower them.
Vanguard reports that the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), explained that with the high level of vandalism by the Nigerian Delta Avengers, the infrastructure in the oil sector will not get back to work until after about 15 to 20 years.
“Modular refineries are going to be the answer to our problems in the future. We talk about the militants and their agitations; the reality is that until we begin to put things in place that would have these so called ‘militants’ find opportunities in the sector, the destruction is going to continue.
“I have appealed to those who are breaking oil pipelines for now, the Niger Delta Avengers and everybody else, and as you know, we are engaging in negotiations for us to find peace this week and be able to enter a truce that stops all the destruction,” Kachikwu was quoted to have said.
He added also, that his ministry has developed a document basically on relationship with oil producing states which would ensure that Akwa Ibom gets an oil depot.
“So we can find a direct link between what we do and the oil that we produce. Then the restiveness will go. More than just the depot, I think Akwa Ibom deserves more,” the minister stated.
Recall that Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s minister of Transport and Kachikwu openly disagreed over the transfer of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta state.
The two politicians were arguing at the Federal government town hall meeting in Uyo.
Amaechi said the university project was not possible but when Kachikwu mounted the podium, he said: “I disagree with the minister of transport. Any facility in the South-south, we should work towards developing it, I don’t care the circumstance. It is not my business whether land was valued at 19 or 10 million.
“That has nothing to do with development of infrastructure. As far as I know, so much has already gone into that, so much fiscal asset has been developed. We are not going to throw away the baby and the bath water.
“As far as it is about development in Niger Delta, I will pursue it, if Amaechi continues to refuse it as Maritime University; I will take it up as Petroleum University.”