PHOTOS: Pictures from FG Team’s visit to OPAC Modular refineries in Delta State

A team from the Office of the Vice President, led by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Economic Matters, Mr Edobor Iyamu; and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, led by the Senior Technical Adviser to the Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Mr. Rabiu Suleiman, on Tuesday, 24th April, visited the OPAC Refinery site, located at Umuseti, Kwale, in Delta State.

 

Ogoni cleanup: Over 10,000 persons benefit from FG health intervention

Over 10, 000 persons in Ogoni have benefitted from the free health intervention by Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) powered by the federal government of Nigeria. 
The Minister of State for Environment, Mr Ibrahim Usman Jibril disclosed this in Terabor General Hospital in Gokana, shortly after inspecting the ongoing medical outreach by HYPREP, for the four Local Government Areas of Ogoniland in Rivers State. 
According to the Minister, the health intervention is part of effort by the federal government to medically affect the lives of the people who are suffering from different diseases as a result of the contaminated environment caused by oil spill. 
Jibril said since December last year till April this year, about 10, 000 outpatients have benefitted from the medical intervention which includes over 60 surgeries. 
He said: “I am here to see our people, find out how our programme is going on and how they are impacting positively on the health of the people. The government has a responsibility to take care of the people. 
“So, as a Minister, we have a project and that project is known as HYPREP. It is aimed at cleaning the oil spill that has taken place in the past 30 years and which we have not been able to do anything about until now. And part of the decision taken to assist the people is to look at so many other issues not only the actual physical remediation of the soil and the water but the lives of the people that have been living in this contaminated environment. 
“A lot of people have suffered some deprivations, have suffered health challenges. Some of these challenges may be minor but if they are not taken care of, it can multiply. So we feel we can impact on the life of the people with this little intervention. 
 
“In the first one we started in December 2017 to January this year, we have been able to attend to more than 5,000 outpatients and we have more than 60 surgeries. 
“Today, a lot of people have already benefitted, 6,000 in the last dispensation, now we have about 4,000 that means we have about 10,000 benefitted from the health intervention.” 
Jibril commended the HYPREP coordinator for the project, saying “the president, Dr Marvin Dekil is doing a good job and it is our responsibility to back him up”. 
However, the Minister disclosed that the federal government has mapped out a timetable for the remediation of oil impacted sites in Ogoni, amongst other recommendation of the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP, in Ogoniland.
Jibril said submission of documents for the bidding of contracts for the Ogoni cleanup would end today (April 30), adding that the FG was working sequentially to ensure that there is no mistake and to ensure that whenever it is started would be irreversible even when President Buhari is out of office. 
He advised the youths of Ogoni to desist from any act capable of re-polluting the area, assuring the people that the modular refinery project will soon come on stream.
“We have a complete timetable of our programme now, we have done advertisement for people to see what we intend to do. 
“I am sure people who have interest, who have the capability and capacity to do this clean-up job have already submitted their documents. The tender of documents will close on Monday April 30, and then we will start the evaluation of the expression of interest. 
“We have a timetable up to when we will start the actual remediation. We will go through all the procurement process, then evaluation, then the approval of the award of contracts, then we will start to work”, the Minister stated.
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#NDNewVision: We will rectify decades of environmental damage in Ogoniland, says VP Osinbajo

*Says FG’s ongoing New Vision for Niger Delta  will be duly executed

*$170M to be disbursed for clean-up exercise

*$1B to be disbursed over a 5-year period

 

The Buhari administration is not only committed to ensuring that the clean-up of Ogoniland is carried out, but also ensuring that it is done transparently, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo said this today following the ceremonial signing of the escrow agreement at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

It would be recalled that in 2016, the Buhari administration started the implementation of the 2011 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on Ogoniland devastated by decades of oil spills. The Vice President, representing President Muhammadu Buhari, flagged off the Ogoni clean-up exercise on June 2, 2016.

Also, the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) under the Federal Ministry of Environment was established, which has since set up structures in place for the final take off of clean-up and restoration of the region.

At the meeting today, the Vice President said, “I am very pleased that we have got to this point in the process of the Ogoni clean-up exercise. On June 2, 2016, I had the privilege of flagging off the clean-up exercise in Ogoniland. At that time, I, of course, was representing the President. We made the promise that the clean-up exercise would start as soon as practicable, especially considering that we were expecting funds from the donors.”

Noting that the Federal Government is concerned about issues in the Niger Delta, Prof. Osinbajo said the Buhari administration will ensure that its fulfils its New Vision for the Niger Delta.

He said, “I want to emphasise that the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that the ongoing New Vision for the Niger Delta is faithfully executed, and the Ogoni clean-up is one of the critical component of the engagement.

“This particular ceremonial signing of the escrow agreement is one that shows clearly that, not only are we committed to ensuring that the clean-up is done, but we are also committed that it is done transparently. We want to ensure that everyone is on board, and ensure that we achieve the results we want.

“We must also remind ourselves that it is an expensive process. We are told that the complete clean-up is one that may take a period of between 25 and 30 years. And this just shows the extent of the damage that has been done over decades in the homeland.

“We are certainly all looking forward to  doing something quickly and to seeing that this exercise not only begin but is concluded expeditiously as possible. I think we must also remind ourselves that it is a very expensive process. We are told that the complete clean-up is one that may take a period of 25 to 30 years. This just shows the extent of the damage that has been done over decades in Ogoniland.”

Also in attendance were the Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril; the Chairman, Governing Council and the Board of Trustees (BoT), Ogoni Trust Fund, Mr. Wale Edun; Ogoni Representative and member, BoT, Ogoni Trust Fund, HRH Godwin Bebe Okpabi, other members of the BOT, as well as representatives of International Oil Companies (IOCs).

An initial $1 Billion has been earmarked for the clean-up exercise over a period of five years, Mr. Edun noted.

He said, “As of now, we have already disbursed $10m for the initial arrangements for the clean-up. With this signing, we will now commence the draw down process for $170m. The $170m will be provided imminently from the first tranche of the $1 Billion of the Ogoni clean-up funding that was recommended by the UNEP, and was agreed by the authority. This is the first tranche and rest will come over the next few years.”

Similarly, the Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, thanked the President and Vice President for “being the main drivers”, adding that the signing of the agreement marked “a significant milestone in the clean-up process.”

In line with the recommendations of the UNEP report, some of the activities carried out by HYPREP so far include health impact assessment, evaluation of existing water facilities in Ogoni, demonstration of remediation technologies at sites in some of the impacted communities, among others.

Also, recently, HYPREP commenced the procurement process for contracting experts for the remediation and clean-up of impacted sites, indicating the FG’s commitment to restore the region.

#NDNewVision: Two modular refineries to be located in Rivers, Delta states

*Set for inauguration in December

The two of the 38 modular refineries granted licences to operate in the Niger Delta region will be completed and ready for inauguration by December this year, and will be located in Rivers and Delta states.

It noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s resolve to establish modular refineries was part of the long-term plan to end importation of petroleum products and to discourage illegal oil bunkering activities in the region.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said this on Wednesday when he led a joint team from the ministry, Office of the Vice President and the Department of Petroleum Resources to inspect a modular refinery being constructed by Omsa Pillar Astex Company Limited in Kwale, Delta State.

Kachikwu was represented by his Senior Technical Adviser (Refineries and Downstream Infrastructure), Mr. Rabiu Suleiman.

The minister’s representative, who was conducted round the site by the Chief Engineer of OPAC Modular Refinery, Elberd Bilanich, expressed joy at the pace of construction work, adding that upon completion, the two refineries would process 7,000 barrels of crude oil daily, reported the PUNCH.

He explained that the planned inauguration of the two modular refineries would send the right signal to other investors who had been sceptical of the Federal Government’s commitment to promote the construction of more modular refineries.

Kachikwu stated, “We are here to provide support as a government and also to evaluate what this company is doing, which is in alignment with the vision of this government, and how we as a government can encourage local production of petroleum products, and to see to the establishment of many modular refineries as indicated by the government, and to provide such support.

“If you recall, sometime last year, the Vice President visited the Niger Delta and made a policy statement to encourage the establishment of modular refineries. We are happy that we are here today. This is one of the first few that have kept to that promise to deliver on what they have promised to do; and today, we are happy to see the installation of the 7,000-barrel capacity modular refinery. As you can see, Russian technology is being installed here.

“The commitment we hear is that within six months from now, the refinery will be completed and we are looking forward to seeing that. In my side talks with the chairman of the company, he is expecting another 45 tonnage of materials to arrive on site and that is a significant portion.

“If that arrives in the next few weeks and construction continues and the weather being a good friend, six months will be made and that is going to be a promise fulfilled. By that, we can say by the end of the year, we will be coming to witness the inauguration of yet another refinery in Nigeria.”

 “A total of 38 licences have been issued, ranging from high-scale refineries of 50,000 to 100,000 barrels per day. Out of these, about 10 of the modular refineries have advanced and they have all secured what we call permit to construct, just as it is here. So, with the licence to construct the LTA, it means that 10 as of today are ready to go. This is just one of the 10.”

Ogoni Clean-up: Minister lauds HYPREP on initiative

The Honorable Minister of State Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril, has expressed the Federal Government’s satisfaction over the ongoing Ogoni free medical outreach programme, an initiative of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP).
Jibril made the commendation  at Gokana General hospital Terabor, where he witnessed over 40 Ogoni indigenes undergo surgical operations free of charge, courtesy of the HYPREP medical initiative.
During the visit to the hospital, the Honourable Minister was also conducted round the various medical wards and departments of the hospital by Dr Dekil, where various ailments are been treated.
He said; “This medical outreach was approved by President Buhari, and from data available to us since it began, I’m aware, well over 10,000 persons have benefited from the program. I think we’re pleased with the progress so far made, and the Federal government is satisfied with the performance of the HYPREP Coordinator”.
Thereafter, the Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil, led Alhaji Jibril and his team to a courtesy call on the King of Gokana in Council. At the Palace of the GbereMene Gokana, the Honourable Minister solicited the cooperation of the Royal fathers and the people towards the success of the CleanUp programme.
Responding on behalf of the GbereMene in Council, chairman Gokana divisional Council of Chiefs HRH Mene Tekuru thanked Mr President for appointing their Son as Project Coordinator, HYPREP. He assured the federal government of their cooperation to the overall success of the project.

#NDNewVision: FG team visits OPAC modular refinery in Delta State

*On completion, first phase to produce 7,000 bpd
In furtherance of the Federal Government’s commitment to improving domestic refining capacity and ongoing efforts in this direction in the support of the establishment of third-party financed Modular refineries, a team from the Office of the Vice President and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources led by the Senior Technical Adviser to the Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Mr. Rabiu Suleiman, on Tuesday, 24th April, visited the OPAC Refinery site, located at Umuseti, Kwale, in Delta State.
The purpose of the facility visit was, amongst others, to obtain first-hand information, review the level of progress of work, evaluate key technical aspects of the project, encourage the proponent’s commitment to the project completion and delivery time as well as identify areas of challenges, if any, for appropriate government’s intervention.
The site visit covered all relevant activities, facilities and equipment on the refinery project site, as well as performance monitoring and evaluation of the refinery project.
During the visit, the Senior Special Adviser to the Vice President on Economic Matters, Mr. Edobor Iyamu, noted that the Federal Government has created an enabling environment for ease of doing business, a situation where there are no deferrals in endorsements. He gave assurance to the promoters of Government’s support and continued collaboration to the project completion; he said that the Buhari administration will ensure that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and its agencies support OPAC Refinery in this venture as it will ensure the sustainability of jobs.
He further said that the administration is extremely interested in the happenings in the Oil and Gas industry, while noting that the petroleum sector should utilize such opportunity to improve Nigeria’s energy security, and also provide and guarantee jobs creation.
The chairman of OPAC Refinery, Mr. Momoh Jimah Oyarekhua, said that this was the first phase and is designed for 7,000 barrels per day, and was set up to deliver fast and quality products. When completed, it is expected to produce Naphtha, Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Kerosene. Also, based on crude availability, the refinery will be upgraded in two phases of 7,000bpd respectively to about 21,000 barrels per day in one year after completion of construction works and startup of the first phase. Also, a 40,000 barrels per day conventional refinery is planned for the production of Premium Motor Spirit in the nearest future.
In his remarks, the STA to the Hon. Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Mr. Suleiman, commended OPAC Refinery for the project, affirming that he was impressed by what he has seen. He highlighted that the project is a huge development and government in its full capacity will do all in his power to provide support in making sure this project is completed on schedule as planned.
Suleiman stated that, aside from jobs creation for the immediate communities, the project will alleviate the economic fortunes of the surrounding villages and communities and when the plants become operational the products produced will help improve the challenges associated with importation, supply and distribution of petroleum products in country.

You have set the tone for positive things in Niger Delta- Dalung lauds Usani

The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has been commended for the series of projects the Ministry had inaugurated under this administration, saying he had set the tone for positive things in the region.
The Honourable Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barr. Solomon Dalung gave this commendation when he paid a courtesy call on his counterpart in the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry on Tuesday.
Dalung said: “This visit is a golden opportunity to congratulate you on the various projects you have inaugurated in the Niger Delta region since assumption of duty in the Ministry because the Niger Delta region had been known for abandoned projects over the years.”
The Youths and Sports Development Minister reiterated that his visit was to mobilize the support of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for the national team, the Super Eagles of Nigeria, in preparation for the 2018 world cup in Russia, in order to ensure a good outing for the team at the Mundial.
In his response, the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani who expressed gratitude for the Super Eagles’ qualification for the world cup, said that President Muhammadu Buhari made a good choice in picking Barrister Dalung as the Youths and Sports Development Minister, giving the height he had taken the Ministry in the past two and half years.
Pastor Usani urged his colleague to explore swimming potentials in the people of the Niger Delta region in order to win more medals for Nigeria at future international sporting outings.
It would be recalled that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs had carried out a number of development efforts in the Niger Delta region under the leadership of Pastor Usani Uguru Usani and Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola.
Recently, the Ministry handed over an oil palm processing plant to the people of Umuehihe Village, Okwu Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State; many youths and women of the region have also been trained and empowered with starter packs by the Ministry, more youths and women are still undergoing training at different locations across the country, while many completed projects are awaiting inauguration across the nine states in the Niger Delta region.
In his closing remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Alhaji Aminu Aliyu Bisalla thanked the Minister of Youths and Sports Development for his Ministry’s interest in partnering with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for sports development in Nigeria.

FG Empowers Women from Niger Delta Region with ₦15 Million

In fulfillment of part of its pledge to improving the lives of people in the Niger Delta region, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, continued its women development campaign through the sponsorship of individuals from the region in vocational training programmes.

A one month training programme which was undertaken at the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, by 50 women drawn from the region were trained in confectioneries and household product technology at the institution. And on completion of the programme were handed the sum of N15 million by the Ministry as start up fund.

   The Minister of State, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola who made the presentation of the start up package at the graduation ceremony, promised that the ministry would continue to organize more training and empowerment programme specifically aimed at women in the Niger Delta region. He congratulated the graduants and categorically stated the importance of women empowerment which he said is rightly synonymous with the economic growth of the region.

    Prof. Daramola advocated for collaboration between key Ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government in order to collate resources so as to organize more training and empowerment programmes, and the effective monitoring and provision of support to the already trained women. He went further after advocating for inter-agency collaboration, made a call for partnership between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the Bank of Industry, the Industrial Training Fund, and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.

    The Minister also stressed the need for the development of an extensive database of the trainees with the aim of tracking and funding trainees and future prospects for the empowerment programme. The rector, Prof. Olatunde Fawole ably represented by the registrar of the polytechnic, Mr. Ayodele Fehintola added that the acquisition of skills would no doubt be of tremendous assistance to the trainees and in turn, lead to the transformation of the region.

    The consultant of the training programme, Dr. Benjamin Irikefe, said the training was planned to make the trainees employable by giving them requisite skills to be employers of labour and not job seekers. Speaking on behalf of the trainees, Angela Essien, appreciated the ministry for organising the training and empowerment programme adding that the training had laid the foundation for them to transform themselves and their communities in the Niger Delta region.

Ogoni cleanup: FG begins medical outreach towards implementing UNEP report

The Federal Government has commenced the second phase of its free medical outreach in Ogoniland.This is part of the activities to implement the United Nations Environment Protection Report (UNEP) in the area.

The Project Coordinator of Hydrocarbon Pollutions Remediation Project (HYPREP), Dr. Marvin Dekil, disclosed this yesterday.

According to the Guardian, Dekil said Kana people would benefit from the government’s gracious approved of the second medical intervention to reach more people.

Dekil added that the free medical outreach would alleviate the suffering of many people, who for years had agonised under painful, but treatable health conditions.

The first phase of the outreach was held in 2017 at Bori, in Kana Local Council Area of River State.This followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s concern about the poor living condition of the Ogoni people due to the environmental degradation from oil exploration.

The coordinator noted that the people were deprived due to limited access to health facilities, and lack of financial capacity to treat their ailments. Dekil disclosed that the Federal Government was committed to the implementation of UNEP report on Ogoniland.He added that this second edition of HYPREP Health Outreach Programme is to consolidate on the gains of the first.

According to him: “The exercise would be the culmination of all the processes that had been put in place from the inception of the project in March 2017.“We will in the coming weeks, launch the HYPREP Livelihoods Intervention Programme to give new sets of skills to Ogoni women and youths.”

This, he, said would enable them to create wealth for themselves, their families and communities.He said the coordination would precede the remediation of impacted sites.

“Presently, the publication for invitation for pre-qualification of contractors for the remediation of hydrocarbon impacted sites in Ogoniland is in some national and international dailies.

“The remediation of Ogoniland would be done by experienced hands locally and internationally, to achieve the desired results of restoring the environment back to an acceptable standard,” he said.He declared that as the medical outreach is ongoing, plans were underway for the provision of potable water and the resuscitation of existing facilities.

He said there would also be the construction of new ones to fill the supply gaps in the communities.Dekil explained that the move is part of the Federal Government’s deliberate efforts to implement another key recommendation of the UNEP Report. He said the report had suggested the restoration of livelihoods in the impacted communities, whose sources of living were affected by hydrocarbon pollution.  The coordinator urged the benefiting communities to cooperate and protect the project to enable the team to deliver on its mandate.

NDDC plans to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity for Niger Delta region

Plans are underway to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity to improve power supply and enhance economic activities in the Niger Delta region.

This was stated by the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Akure, Ondo State capital.

Ekere said, “The Niger Delta power pool project is conceived to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity. We are still at the design stage and interestingly, we have received a lot of encouragement from the US Exim Bank.”

According to Ekere, the commission is prepared to focus its activities on projects that will engender sustainable and comprehensive economic and social integration of the region in line with its core mandate.

He said that the execution of a Niger Delta regional power pool project would support the development of dedicated industrial clusters and promote the right climate for business in the region.

“Power remains central to economic development. The success of our collective mandate to develop the Niger Delta depends on how much we are able to make the region the hub of socio-economic activities and tourism in Nigeria.”

Ekere further said the commission, which has executed several roads, bridges, schools, hostels, health facilities and other developmental projects in the region, had met with the immediate need for the transformation of Niger Delta states and communities.

The commission, last year, signed an MOU with the government of Sao Tome to take her excess internet capacity to feed the entire Niger Delta, Ekere added.

He said, “In addition to power, we are also looking at internet penetration, agriculture, sports and youth development. We believe that cheaper, quality internet connectivity will help to unlock the inert potentials of our young people and turn the region into a major IT hub.

“This is a region of very creative people and when we equip our young people with the right development tools, they can be truly unstoppable. We believe that the chemistry of affordable and reliable power and top quality internet connectivity will unleash a new wave of economic growth and opportunities across the region.”