#NDNewVision: Fact Sheet On Niger Delta New Vision

The Buhari administration’s Niger Delta New Vision is designed to “develop a new and prosperous Niger Delta through the Federal Government’s forthright partnerships with State Governments, the Private Sector and Local Communities.”

 

Ongoing projects under the Niger Delta New Vision include:

  • Take-off of Maritime University in Delta State
  • Commencement of Ogoni Clean-up
  • Approval for the establishment of Modular Refineries
  • Continuation of the Presidential Amnesty Programme
  • Investments in infrastructure and development projects

 

Maritime University, Delta State:

  • The Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State, commenced operations in 2017 and, in November 2017, invited job applications for academic staff.

 

  • President Muhammadu Buhari administration had approved an increase in the take-off grant from the N2bn earlier announced to N5bn.

 

  • Lectures commenced fully in April 2018 with a total of 196 students accepted into the University.
  • The NUC approved commencement of academic activities in three faculties namely; Transport, Engineering and Environmental Management, with 13 departments across the three faculties.
  • In November 2018, Maritime University and the University of Lagos signed an MoU with the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) for mutual exchange in human capital development
  • Also, the CMU has offered scholarships to two students of the Maritime University.

 

Ogoni clean-up:

  • In June 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 Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) (under the Federal Ministry of Environment) was established. Headed by Dr. Marvin Dekil, the Project Coordinator, HYPREP has carried out key activities so far:

 

  • Training and hiring of some Ogoni graduates educated in Environmental Sciences to develop capacity for the Cleanup project.

 

  • Demonstration of technologies in some of the oil impacted areas in Ogoniland, namely Bodo, K-Dere, B-Dere, Korokoro, Kwawa, Nsisioken etc where interested companies showcased their remediation technologies at no cost to government.

 

  • A total of 201 samples were collected and analysed from eleven (11) sites in this exercise across the four (4) LGA.

 

  • Delineation and scoping of selected hydrocarbon impacted sites is on-going.

 

  • Twenty-Six (26) sites out of the Sixty-Four (64) investigated sites by UNEP across the four (4) Ogoni Local Government Areas have been earmarked. This is in line with the recommendations contained in the UNEP fact sheets.

 

  • Over 20,000 patients were treated, and 365 surgeries carried out in Ogoniland during HYPREP’s Medical Outreach Programmes aimed at collecting preliminary data towards the implementation of UNEP recommendation on Health Study.
  • Towards the implementation of UNEP recommendation on the provision of emergency measures (water supply and health study), HYPREP commenced the survey and sampling of drinking water sources in Ogoniland, and provision of potable water for communities.

 

  • A total of 600 water samples was collected and analysed from 47 impacted communities across the four (4) LGAs of Ogoniland – Eleme, Gokana, Tai and Khana
  • Next Phase of Clean-up: Remediation of selected twenty-six (26) sites identified in the 1st phase of the Clean-up exercise.
  • The Next Phase will also include the conclusion of Procurement Processes for contracting experts for the remediation and clean-up of impacted sites, Construction of new comprehensive water schemes and rehabilitation of existing ones, Livelihood Assessment/Implementation Plan, Detailed Health Impact Assessment Study.

 

 

Modular Refineries:

  • Establishing modular refineries in the Niger Delta region would promote socio economic development and provide jobs for unemployed youths, thereby sustaining peaceful coexistence in the Region. It will also increase local content, mitigate negative environmental degradation associated with illegal refinery activities, crude oil theft and pipelines vandalism.
  • The location of a modular refinery is strategic and influenced by proximity to the source of crude oil, producing marginal fields and tie-in to supply infrastructure or clusters.
  • Three modular refinery projects have commenced construction:
    1. Niger Delta Petroleum Resources – Establishment of additional 10,000bpd Modular Refinery in Ogbele, Rivers State.
    2. OPAC Refineries – To establish 7,000bpd refinery in Umuseti-Kwale, Delta State (phase one)
    3. WalterSmith (Petroman) – To Establish 5,000bpd refinery in Ibigwe, Ohaji, Imo State.
  • Two modular refineries are expected to be inaugurated by the end of this year.

 

Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP):

  • The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) is an intervention programme initiated by the Federal Government to address agitations and militancy in the Niger Delta region.

 

  • PAP engages ex-militants and youths from impacted communities in formal education, vocational skills acquisition and empowerment schemes.

 

  • The Amnesty Programme has helped in maintaining peace and security in the Niger Delta, and improving the nation’s economy.

 

  • There are currently 5,578 persons enlisted in the programme.

 

  • So far, the programme headed by the Coordinator, PAP, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has facilitated the setting-up of small and medium scale businesses for about 4,450 ex-militants, while some foreign firms have offered direct employment to several trainees.

 

  • For enhanced post-training engagement, the Programme plans to fast-track the establishment of small businesses for already trained youths in areas such as agriculture, particularly Poultry and Fish farming; Welding/Fabrication, and

 

BONNY-BODO ROAD PROJECT:

  • The N120 billion Bonny-Bodo road project was flagged-off in October 2017 by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. The 34-kilometre road project, linking Bonny Island to the mainland was first mooted about 40 years ago.

 

  • The ongoing Bonny-Bodo bridge and road project is a Public Private Partnership arrangement jointly funded by Nigeria LNG and the Federal Government.

 

  • When completed, the 34-kilometres road would connect several major communities in the Niger Delta region and boost socio-economic development in the region.

 

Export Processing Zone (EPZ):

  • The Federal Government approved the establishment of the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) comprising the Gas City Project at Ogidigben, and the Deep Seaport in Gbaramatu, Warri South-West LGA, Delta State.

 

  • When fully operational, these projects are expected to boost socio-economic activities and improve the security landscape of the Niger Delta region.

 

 

#NDNewVision: PHOTOS of Modular refineries in Niger Delta

As part of the Niger Delta New Vision of President Muhammadu Buhari administration, two modular refineries in Niger Delta region are expected to be inaugurated by the end of this year.

OPAC Refinery, Umuseti, Delta State

Two modular refinery projects have commenced construction out of the 10 licensed projects identified for possible groundbreaking. They are the: Niger Delta Petroleum Resources – Establishment of additional 10,000bpd Modular Refinery in Ogbele, Rivers State; OPAC Refineries – to establish 7,000bpd refinery in Umuseti-Kwale, Delta State (phase one). Another refinery, WalterSmith (Petroman) – to Establish 5,000bpd refinery in Ibigwe, Ohaji, Imo State – is expected to come on board in the near future.

 

 

Niger Delta Petroleum Resources (NDPR) Refinery, Ogbele, Rivers State

The key objectives of establishing modular refineries in the Niger Delta region include the following:

  • To promote availability of petroleum products in the country and boost economic development nationwide,
  • To promote socio-economic development and  provide jobs for unemployed youths in the region, thereby sustaining peaceful coexistence in the Niger Delta,
  • To increase local content in Region,
  • To mitigate and eliminate negative environmental degradation associated with illegal refinery activities, crude oil theft and pipelines vandalism.

Ogoni clean-up: HYPREP commence provision of potable water in Ogoniland

Towards the implementation of the UNEP Report on the provision of emergency measures (water supply and health study), the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) has commenced the survey and sampling of drinking water sources in the impacted communities of Ogoniland.

The exercise, which started in November and lasted for 10 days, was carried out from house to house and also within a radius of 500m from each impacted site. The aim was to ascertain the extent of contamination   of drinking water sources in the impacted Ogoni communities to obtain baseline data that will guide HYPREP in the preparation of bid documents.

A total of 600 water samples will be collected and analysed from 47 impacted communities across the four Local Government Areas of Ogoniland, namley , namely Eleme, Gokana, Tai and Khana.

According to a statement from the Project Coordination Office, “HYPREP will not leave any stone unturned in carrying out its mandate as it has continued to get the unwavering support of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to ensure a successful clean-up of Ogoniland and restoration of livelihood.”

PHOTOS: Second Niger Bridge

PHOTOS: Second Niger Bridge

Ongoing Construction Work on the Second Niger Bridge linking Onitsha in Anambra and Asaba in Delta, across the River Niger (Comprises 1.6km Bridge and 10.3km Highway). 641 personnel onsite.

[Work currently ongoing in Onitsha – Site/Main Yard; high water levels in Asaba]

#NDNewVision: Oil firms to refine 20% of crude output locally, says Kachikwu, as another modular refinery set to be established in Imo

The Federal Government is considering a policy that will compel operators of major oil and gas exploration and production firms to refine 20 per cent of their oil production in-country, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has said.

According to the Nation, Kachikwu gave the hint at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 5,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) modular refinery being developed by Waltersmith Refining and Petrochemical Company at Ibigwe field, Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

The minister said the Federal Government would soon announce a policy to require operating companies to refine locally at least 20 per cent of the crude oil they produce, with the percentage graduating to 50 per cent in the next five years.

“We have no option or we will consistently stay in the abyss of lack of processing while we export all the raw materials,” he added.

The modular refinery project is being executed with 30 per cent equity financing by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and additional $35 million debt facility from the African Finance Corporation AFC). It is expected to start production in December 2020.

Kachikwu said the Federal Government’s policy on modular refineries is an integral part of the 14-point agenda for reducing militancy in the Niger Delta region. The plan, he noted, is to set up modular refineries in oil producing communities and use them to create jobs and absorb the militants. “We would take some of the good skills sets they have, polish them and put them into the system,” he said

According to him, 10 of the 38 licensed modular refineries had made appreciable progress in the development of their projects and the first one is expected to deliver products between December 2018 and January 2019. “From modular refineries, we will be able to process about 200,000 barrels of crude and put them into the system.”

He said the Federal Government was engendering the establishment of modular refineries through the financing model being managed by the NCDMB and had also granted free custom duty charges and other waivers to enable the investors bring in their equipment.

FG inaugurates community projects in Cross River LGA

In keeping with its commitment to the welfare of the people at the grassroots, the Federal Government has inaugurated a community town hall and a solar-powered water project at Ishibori and Abakpa communities in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Inaugurating the projects on Thursday, the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to rendering services to the society without fear or favour. This was contained in a statement by the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Speaking at the inauguration, Usani said, “This administration has not come to recompense evil for evil, every government has the responsibility to serve the society and we are doing so without any partisanship; that is why we are spreading projects in every community and various constituencies in the Niger Delta region according to their needs and availability of resources.”

The Minister added that government’s efforts in Ogoja land were not limited to the town hall and a solar-powered borehole being inaugurated alone, but that several other people-oriented projects were being handled by his Ministry, while many on-going internal roads being undertaken by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Ogoja Local Government Area would soon be completed and inaugurated accordingly, for the use of the people.

He called for the support of the people of Ogoja for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration which according to the Minister, “Had recorded a number of infrastructures for the people to see.”

The Minister charged the people of Ishibori and Abakpa communities, Ogoja land in general and the entire people of the Niger Delta region to remain law abiding citizens, urging them to make effective use of government’s projects in their localities and also ensure the security of the the facilities, so that government would be encouraged to do more.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Alhaji Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, represented by the Director Community Development and Education in the Ministry, Mrs Lauren Braide, noted that social welfare and community engagements were critical components of the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the mandate of the Ministry.

He added that prime attention was given to the provision of community facilities due to their far-reaching impacts on citizens’ participation in governance.

Presenting the goodwill message on behalf of the Ntol Mgbeje Ama III and the people of Ishibori community, the Vice President of Ishibori Development Council (IDC), Chief Ale Ujum expressed the delight of the people in the quick intervention of the Federal Government to make the dream of the community town hall which had lingered for decades, into reality within one year.

“This project has given this community a facelift,” he reiterated.

Fact sheet on the Ogoni Cleanup so far – HYPREP

The HYPREP Coordination Office, under the leadership of Dr. Marvin Dekil, the Project Coordinator, has carried out the following key activities so far:

  1. Sensitization and Awareness Campaign: In view of the readiness of commencement of physical cleanup of Ogoniland, there is a continued sensitization of Ogoni people across the four (4) LGAs on the Cleanup project and against re-pollution of cleanup sites, HYPREP has carried out broad-based initial sensitizations, including:

i. Community Sensitization

We are in constant engagement with local authorities such as Traditional Rulers, Youth Bodies, Women Leaders, Village Heads and Faith-Based Organisations to sensitize them on the project.

Community Leadership Sensitized

  1. Gokana LGA: Bodo, K-Dere, B-Dere, Kpor, Mogho, Bera,

Biara, Gbe

  1. Khana LGA: Kwawa, Buan, Kpean, Tera-ue, Kono, Bangha
  2. Tai LGA: Korokoro, Kpite, Ueken, Gio, Kebara-Kira, Botem,

Bara-Alue

  1. Eleme LGA: Ogale, Alode, Ebubu

ii. HYPREP is in the process of organising Town Hall meetings with all communities at the grassroot level.

 

2. Training of Technical Assistants

HYPREP has trained some Ogoni graduates educated in Environmental Sciences to develop capacity for the Cleanup project.

In May, 2017, a training was organized for the Technical Assistants to equip them with the technical skills for the remediation.

The second training which was on Oil Spill Clean-up and Remediation, also organized by HYPREP in collaboration with NDDC took place on 24th-25th and 28th May, 2018.

 

Workshops

From 18th-20th September, 2017, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in conjunction with HYPREP Coordination Office organised a three day Workshop for HYPREP Management.

The Project Coordination Office (PCO) and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) also organized a Joint HYPREP/SPDC Framing Workshop

An Induction Workshop on Project Management was also orgainsed for the HYPREP Management Team on the 24th , 25th and 28th of May, 2018

 

3. FIELD OPERATIONS

i. Demonstration of Remediation Technologies:

The Project Coordination Office (PCO) embarked on demonstration of technologies in some of the oil impacted areas in Ogoniland, namely Bodo, K-Dere, B-Dere, Korokoro, Kwawa, Nsisioken etc where interested companies showcased their remediation technologies at no cost to government. Soil and water samples were collected and analysed using different technology to determine the most suitable technologies that will be applied in the Cleanup exercise.

 

A total of 201 samples (163 soil and 38 water) have been collected and analysed from eleven (11) sites in this exercise across the four (4) L.G.A

ii. Delineation of Impacted Sites

Delineation and scoping of selected hydrocarbon impacted sites is on-going.

Twenty-Six (26) sites out of the Sixty-Four (64) investigated sites by UNEP across the four (4) Ogoni Local Government Areas have been earmarked.. This is in line with the recommendations contained in the UNEP fact sheets

The delineation activity is to establish lateral and vertical boundaries of contamination and extent of impact to develop current contamination profile of the sites.

 

4. Commencement of activities towards the implementation of UNEP recommendation on health study

The Project Coordination Office has carried out Medical Outreach Programmes aimed at collecting preliminary data towards the implementation of the UNEP recommendation on Health Study in the four (4) Local Government Areas of Ogoni comprising Tai, Eleme, Khana and Gokana. Medical services were also provided to the communities.

The outreach was carried out from 26th December 2017 to 3rd January 2018 and a follow-up from 14th April – 1st May 2018.

25,139 patients were treated including 365 surgeries.

5. Procurement activities

 The Project Coordination Office has carried out the following procurement activities:

i. Expression of Interest for Remediation of Impacted Sites

Prequalification has been concluded and companies prequalified are listed on our website www.hyprep.gov.ng

Technical and Financial bidding process to commence immediately

Remediation expected to commence by the 4th quarter, 2018 after the completion of all procurement processes

ii. Expression of Interest for Water and Health

Evaluation for the pre-qualification of companies that expressed interest on Water and Health is ongoing

6. Next phase

  •  Continuous Community Engagements/Sensitization
  • Delineation
  • Conclusion of Procurement Processes
  • Construction of new comprehensive water schemes and rehabilitation of existing ones
  • Livelihood Assessment/Implementation Plan
  • Detailed HEALTH Impact Assessment Study
  • Remediation of selected twenty six (26) sites identified in the 1st phase of the Cleanup exercise

 

 

Niger Delta: NDDC Promises More Infrastructure 

The Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Victor Ndoma-Egbe says the commission will continue to restore hope to the people of Niger Delta region.
According to AIT online, the NDDC chairman stated this during the inspection of remedial works on the 30 kilometre Okigwe/Akokwa road in Imo state.
The 30-kilometre Okigwe/Akokwa road is a major federal road linking the sister states of Imo and Abia.
Some sections of the road have been major headache for motorists and commuters operating within that axis until the intervention of the NDDC to restore the failed sections
He said the NDDC is committed to the well-being of Niger Deltans, hence the need to implement projects that would change their fortunes
The emergency intervention project was awarded three months ago and seventeen kilometers of asphalt has been carried out.
In the same vein, Vanguard reported that the State Commissioner on the board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr Ogaga Ifowodo,  has assured  that the era of abandonment of projects in the commission was over, adding that the commission had set aside 70 per cent of its annual budget for completion of some  existing projects.
Ifowodo, was quoted while speaking at  the palace of the Ovie of Enhwe, in Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State,  His Royal Majesty, Anthony Efekodha.
According to the Vanguard, he said the commission decided that 70 percent of its annual budget would go for completion of existing projects while 30 per cent would be for new projects, expressing hope that this measure would ensure the completion of many viable seemingly abandoned projects.

Development and Infrastructure in the Niger-Delta: Fruits of Buhari – Osinbajo’s Stabilizing Interventions

By Chukwudi Enekwechi

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has become famous among Nigerians for gainfully using the powers of his office to advance the socio-economic agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. For example in the heat of the Niger Delta crisis when militants resorted to blowing up oil installations, which crippled the country’s economy Professor Osinbajo took up the gauntlet and waded into finding lasting solutions to the problems in the Niger Delta region.

His interventions as manifested in his engagement with the Niger Delta leaders under the umbrella of Pan Niger Delta Forum led to the acceptance of dialogue by the Niger Delta agitators who eventually dropped their arms and saved the country from a total economic collapse and perennial restiveness in the region.

While it clear that some demands of the Pan Niger Delta Forum have not been fully implemented by the federal government, yet we see an obvious commitment on their part to fulfill most of their obligations to the Niger Delta region, and Professor Osinbajo is at the helm of seeing all these come to fruition. His inclination towards the maintenance of peace in the region has helped to stop the incessant interruption in the production and exploration of oil as a result of militancy, thereby improving the country’s economy and development.

In finding solutions to the problems confronting the region he has adopted some pragmatic approach, and the results are visible to all Nigerians. The reopening of Maritime University Okerenkoko in Delta state and establishment of modular refineries resonated well with the people and stakeholders of the region. The setting up of the modular refineries is a practical solution to the degradation of the region’s environment traceable to oil exploration.

Gladly the Buhari/Osinbajo administration is committed to the environmental remediation of the region as exemplified in the start of Ogoni clean-up programme.

The various empowerment programmes of the federal government which are targeted at supporting the youths of the region to lead useful lives have helped to provide the youths with gainful employment. In addition, the impartation of knowledge in various skills to the youths has played an important role in enhancing the productivity of the companies and other public institutions in the region.
The strengthening of the capacity of the Niger Delta Development Commission to deliver maximally on its mandate has raised the tempo of development in the region, especially in the area of infrastructural development and improvement in living standards.

As Nigerians continue to applaud Professor Yemi Osinbajo for his proactive leadership style, especially in the latest sacking of the director general of Department of State Services, Mr. Lawal Daura for acting ultra vires in the security siege at the National Assembly, it is discernible that the duo of Acting President, Professor Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari are determined to bring succour, not only to the people of Niger Delta but to all Nigerians.

His timely intervention in bringing the National Assembly siege to a stop played a significant role in restoring the confidence of Nigerians to the security agencies, and reemphasised that rule of law remains sacrosanct in Nigeria.

Enekwechi is an Abuja based Journalist

#NDNewVision: “Ogoni clean-up funds will not be diverted, FG assures stakeholders

The Federal Government has assured indigenes of Ogoniland in Rivers State that the funds meant for the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, is sacrosanct to the project.

The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jubril, gave the assurance at the 2nd stakeholders’ meeting on the implementation of the UNEP report on Ogoniland clean-up project by the Federal Ministry of Environment through the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, on Friday, according to The Nation.

Jubril, who was represented at the event by a head of department in the ministry, Dr. Ishaku Mohammed, insisted that no part of the fund meant for the clean-up of the area would be diverted to any other use, noting that the Ogoni clean-up exercise will serve as a template for the clean-up of the entire Niger Delta region.

He said: “Funding is the area of concern and we have opened an escrow account. We assure that the money for the project is sacrosanct for the project and will not be diverted to other uses. The structure of the process is formidable that no single member or individual can withdraw without going through the due process. We will provide credible feedback as it concerns the clean-up. That is the only way we can appreciate the federal government for having the political will to implement the remediation.”

Corroborating the minister’s remark, the President of KAGOTE, a social cultural organization in Ogoniland, who is also a member of Board of Trustee (HYPREP), Dr. Peter Medee, disclosed that the board has successfully opened an account with a foreign bank, adding that the success would guarantee security of funds for the project.

Medee said, “The Ogoni Trust Fund has been incorporated. Two Ogonis are trustees in the funds. Ogoni can use the fund without interference from the federal government and it is done in such a way that change in administration will not affect the project.

“No part of the funds for the clean-up is missing. We have received the funds from the International Oil Companies (IOCs) led by Shell. The first part of the money has been received and is now in the Ogoni Trust Fund. An Ogoni son is one of the three signatories to the account. We have successfully opened an account with Standard Chartered Bank of London. We are now sure that the fund is secured. The structures for the clean-up are serious.”

Also, the President of Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP and member of the Governing Council, Leborsi Pyagbara, stated that Ogoni people want clean environment.

He said: “We asked a question to stop Ogoni environment from devastation. It is only our collective will and support that will make the project a success. For us, we I’ll continue to raise the alarm. I got news that all the funding for this year for the project has been provided. It is left for us to see how we can put things in place to see that the clean-up is carried out.”