Published On: Fri, Sep 8th, 2017

AMNESTY COORDINATOR VISITS COASTAL COMMUNITIES IN EDO STATE …INFORMED EX-AGITATORS TO WORK WITH COMMUNITIES IN SECURING OIL AND GAS INSTALLATIONS IN THE NIGER DELTA REGION

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September 08, 2017

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) has urged Ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region to work with communities in protecting national economic assets, such as oil and gas pipelines and other government installations located in the region, in line with the federal government’s new vision for the region, adding that the Amnesty programme which in its reintegration phase, has succeeded in bringing peace stability to allow for sustainable development to take place in the region.

Gen. Boroh who made the call during a town hall meeting with key stakeholders from across Ijaw communities in Olodiama Clan at Gelegele Community in Ovia North Local Government Area of Edo state yesterday (Thursday, September 7, 2017), maintained that the federal government is committed to the sustainable peace and development in the Niger Delta region, adding that that the involvement of youths in the security and survelliance of oil and gas installations is aimed at ending incessant attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region.

The Amnesty boss explained that the modalities for the formal engagement of youths in oil and gas pipelines security, among other national economic assets in the region, was being discussed at very high levels of government, informing that the schedule for sensitization of stakeholders on the security of pipelines was also being worked out by the appropriate government agency for implementation soon.

Gen, Boroh disclosed that the feasibility study for a National Gas Flare Commercialization Programme has been approved by the Federal Executive Council, in line with the United Nations-Paris Agreement on Gas Flare, saying that the first phase of the programme would focus on 48 identified onshore gas flaring sites in the Niger Delta region, as according to him, the programme is intended to convert gas being flared into both cooking and electricity, among other industrial uses.

The Special Adviser explained further that “through the programme, about 6million households in the Niger Delta region will have access to clean energy.

“It is projected to create 25,000 direct jobs and 300,000 indirect jobs through the multiplier effect. The programme is a private sector driven one and investors are encouraged to key into it.

The high point of Gen. Boroh’s to the coastal Ijaw communities in Edo state, were the offer of prayers for President Buhari and the Amnesty boss by the Pere of Olodiama Kingdom, HRH Alawei Wilson G Kororo, the Alagbalabinafa III and donation and commissioning of a borehole to Gelegele community by Gen. Boroh.

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