Nigerian Govt. To End Gas Flaring In Niger Delta Soon – Boroh

Gas flaring [Photo credit: The Huffington Post]
Gas flaring [Photo credit: The Huffington Post]

The federal government will soon introduce a programme to end gas flaring in the Niger Delta region, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Paul Boroh has said.

Mr. Boroh, a retired brigadier general, said this on Friday during the inauguration of a water project in Gelegele-Gbene community near Benin in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo.

He said the programme, tagged “National Gas Flaring Commercialisation Programme”, would generate about 36, 000 direct jobs and 200, 000 indirect jobs in the Niger Delta.

He said that the gas would be harnessed for cooking, electricity and other industrial uses, adding that government had identified 48 sites for the first phase of the programme.

Mr. Boroh, who did not give effective date for the commencement of the programme, said it had been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

“I want you all to know that the government is quite disturbed about the health and environmental impact of gas flaring and is working hard to put an end to this very soon,” he said.

“Through this programme also, six million households would have access to clean and renewable energy,” he said.

Mr. Boroh, however, said the programme would be private sector driven.

He said that the President remained committed to the development of the region and that there were other areas which the government intended to partner with the people of the region.

According to the presidential aide, the people are expected to be active participants in the Modular Refinery and Pipeline Security and Monitoring Scheme, both of which modalities for implementation has reached advance stage.

He said, “For the pipeline security scheme, it is going to be community driven.

“The communities where we have these oil installations and facilities are expected to drive this process. The modalities for these are still being worked out.

“For the modular refinery, which is also going to be private driven, it is being initiated in order to put an end to the menace of illegal refinery. The blueprint on this will be out soon.”

Mr. Boroh said the amnesty programme was being restructured to include human capacity development.

Earlier, the Gelegele-Gbene community and the Ikea National Congress (INC), had called for the establishment of an amnesty office in the community.

A leader of the community, Robinson Ogunkoru, who made the appeal, also called for pipeline surveillance slot for INC as well as provision of skill acquisition centre in the community.

They also demanded for the inclusion of other genuine agitators who were not captured in the amnesty programme.

(NAN)


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  • BEN IKARI

    All these so-called efforts to develop Niger delta are rubbish so long as Hausa-Fulanis and the North in general are allocated by expropriation hence control more than 90 percent of oil blocs in the far away oil region, which many of them do not know the road leading thereto. They do not know what these oil communities nor the location of their stolen oil blocs look like.

    Niger delta’s failed and shameless rulers, including politicians are huge sellout, disgrace for allowing and conspiring with Nigeria to steal the region’s wealth and share among mostly Hausa-Fulani mallams among others. How on earth could someone be asking for an amnesty office in his community when Buhari is giving important NNPC and other oil sector jobs to mostly Hausa-Fulanis and other northerners?

    As if something is wrong with these Niger deltans, the rulers and politicians in particular, and some of the politically motivated praise-singing youths, they sit and clap, collaborate with the WAZOBIA’s controlled and oppressive country to steal from the region, pollute it and give them peanuts decade after decade and no one seems to see or learn anything in their midst but play along; are they blinded by greed and wickedness? What does it take to stop all oil flow completely and force renegotiation and restructuring where the people still wish to be in one Nigeria; when is and will this injustice reach full cup in the minds and eyes of Niger delta youths, elders, rulers, all men and women, including politicians and other groups of people?

    This cheating and the seeming complacency and complaisant is no longer worth talking about if I was not Ogoni, where oil exploitation and production has been stopped by community action 24 years today. Niger deltans or South-south oil producing communities must wake up and understand that Nigeria will not let their land and oil go until they drill it dry or oil no longer bring money to the WAZOBIAN coffers and something else take its place assuming there was such innovative mindset but complete laziness and criminal, parasitical operations.

    God is nowhere to intervene as more than it has been about 60 years since oil was discovered in Oloibiri and Ogoni have proven. Also, contrary to the false hope nursed by some or many and being an internal matter, the International Community is not wired to intervene. Although the so-called non-intervention clause in international law or relations (United Nations so to speak) is often invoked the International Community or United Nations also lacks any commitment as a disorganized entity run by these rogue states to intervene even during war as Rwanda and Syria’s experiences, for example shows.

    The national interest of the so-called developed nations to wit USA, UK and France, including Russia and China which have veto and otherwise power in the United Nations Security Council will almost, always dominate the miseries brought by crisis and conflicts, wars not happening in their cities. Therefore, only hard work, connections and collaboration by the oil producing communities to take back their land and oil becomes the intervening measure.

    Note, this is not hate speech, and I of course do not believe there is anything known as hate speech, but freedom of speech and expression. If the Buhari government or any other group feels it is hate speech they can go to hell, because it is not. This post is fact, statement of fact. So this, of course, includes the military and police, other law enforcement and so-called security operatives, which have been watching all the kidnappings, armed robbery and other violent acts going on and could not stop any, in some cases they are involved as records indicate.