#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.”

Buhari, NDDC Focus on Project Completion – Adjogbe

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has re-affirmed the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the Commission to step up the completion of quality projects in the Niger Delta region.

The NDDC Executive Director Projects, Engr Dr Samuel Adjogbe, FNSE, said this in an interview in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after being honoured for ‘Outstanding Performance in Leading Change’ at the Garden City Advancement Awards.

He said President Buhari’s commitment to infrastructural development was visible in the Niger Delta region and the nation at large, especially with the recent commissioning of the Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal by the Federal Government.

Adjogbe who was represented by his Technical Assistant, Mr Nelson Onwo, noted that “with the spate of completed projects so far, one will agree that such commitment to infrastructural project development has never been demonstrated before now.”

“Just like the newly commissioned Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal and several other mega projects by the Federal Government, NDDC will continue to deliver impactful projects such as the now completed Ogbia-Nembe road.”

Presenting the Award, Keynote Speaker at the event, Prof. Isaac Zeb-Obipi said the award was recognition of the NDDC Executive Director’s continual support and exceptional contributions to the advancement of the nation.

He noted that Dr Adjogbe had demonstrated exemplary leadership in the performance of his job at the NDDC, adding that such attributes were worthy of emulation.

NDDC will not relent in Delivering Development Projects – Ndoma-Egba

 

The Chairman of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), has given assurances that the Commission will continue to deliver on development projects in spite of funding challenges.

Senator Ndoma-Egba, who spoke in an interview after the traditional marriage of his son, Hugo Bassey to Nneoma John Obuh, at Ohafia Ndi-Uduma in Abia State, stated that the Commission was resolute in its commitment to complete all its projects.

The NDDC Chairman, who had the full complement of the Commission’s directors, including the Executive Director Projects, Engr. Dr Samuel Adjogbe, FNSE, acknowledged the continued support of the Federal Government to the interventionist agency. He urged Nigerians to support the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for giving effect to the change mantra of the central government.

Senator Ndoma-Egba said that the funding challenges facing the Commission was being addressed as the Federal Government had mandated the Ministries of Niger Delta Affairs, as well as that of Budget and National Planning, to sit with the NDDC board, with a view to determining the outstanding statutory obligations owed the Commission.

Senator Ndoma-Egba said that the current NDDC Board, which came in November 2016, took a position to allocate 70 per cent of its budget to the completion of all on-going projects so that the people of the region could reap the benefits.

In his remarks, the former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, who was chairman at the marriage ceremony, called on Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari for his second term bid in the 2019 general elections.

According to him, President Buhari had done well for the country, having ensured the spread of infrastructural development in different parts of the country.

#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.

Amnesty office collaborates with NBTI on quality food production

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has assured of his readiness to partner with the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) on technology incubation especially in the area of food production.

He made this disclosure when the management of the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) led by the Director-General, Dr Mohammed Jubrin, visited him this week in Abuja.

According to The Guardian, the Presidential Amnesty Office is partnering the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) in order to improve the quality and certification of agricultural and other products of Amnesty Programme beneficiaries.

Prof. Dokubo said, “I think there is a necessity for us to work together to make sure that we can get those certifications that will enable people to consume what we produce, so that they will not create any harm for those who eat our products.

“I think there is a need for synergy between us because we do farming.

“I believe that if we go through the documents and understand everything, we will sit to have an MOU so that we can work directly with you.

“Then we will know all that it takes to set up other centres in the Niger Delta as most of the things we do will equally go to those centres to be accessed and evaluated to know if they are edible.”

He added, “And if they are, they will not give people any problem.”

Dr Jubrin responded by promising to quickly articulate a proposal for an MOU between the two agencies that will lead to quality food processing, production and manufacturing businesses.

He further said, “By the time we sit down and work out the ways in which we can collaborate, I think the youth can be gainfully employed.

“Apart from being employed, they can become employers of labour directly or indirectly.

“So, our collaboration is going to be strong in such a way that both sides of the collaborators are going to benefit.

“The producers have to produce from a uniform source so that a basic raw material will have the same property.

“The processing technology will be the same, so that at the end of the day, the final product will be the same irrespective of the final production.”

Dr. Jubrin also explained that, “The centre that is anchoring that is not in the Niger Delta but Lagos but whatever we are doing can be replicated in the Niger Delta technology incubation centres.”

Amnesty Programme: 200 beneficiaries to be trained By PTI

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta with the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State, for the training of 200 beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the oil and gas sector in respect to the New Vision for Niger Delta.

According to The Eagle Online, The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, disclosed at the signing ceremony on Thursday that it signposts the beginning of an indelible move by the Federal Government towards attaining greater heights.

Prof. Dokubo said, “As far as the Presidential Amnesty Programme is concerned, signing this MOU is a clear path to enhancing the knowledge of our people and raising their lives so that they can walk tall and reach the heights of their potentials”.

“Let us make the best of this situation; so that our people will always remember us for good while being grateful to everyone, including the Federal Government that has not set us aside”.

“With time, we will disabuse the minds of our people so that they will know what they are living for.”

However, he urged Niger Delta people, particularly the youths, to fully embrace the Federal Government’s Developmental Programmes while assuring that the government will continue to maintain lasting peace in the Niger Delta, empower its youths and provide the requisite condition for the people besides giving the youth educational certificates.

Meanwhile, The Head, Vocational Training at the Amnesty Office, Amazuo Berepreboga, explained that the MoU will ensure the full training of 200 students at PTI in specialised fields in the oil and gas industry such as oil and gas drilling, instrumentation, mechanical technology, electrical technology and process technology.

Moreover, the Principal and Chief Executive of PTI, Prof. Sunny Iyuke in his remark, commended Prof. Dokubo and President Muhammadu Buhari for Federal Government’s support.

He said, “I thank my fellow Professor and the Amnesty Office for this gesture”.

“I came to PTI with the conviction that this is the right job I should be doing”.

“This is the kind of things I am looking for my students, to make me happy and satisfied.”

While bemoaning the high level of joblessness among Niger Delta youths, Prof. Iyuke said he hopes that the MOU will not only keep them away from crime but also engage them gainfully and improve their living standards.

He noted that the MoU will also push PTI students to improvement in practical application, especially knowledge of design of modular refineries, which has already paved the way for its legalization, resulting to an increase in establishment of modular refineries and flow stations in Nigeria.

FG okays $64m for Escravos power project

The Federal Government has approved $64m for the power project in Escravos communities in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The approval was granted at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
According to Daily Trust, the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, told State House correspondents that “We had approvals earlier to do the Escravos to Lagos Pipeline system. It was then stalled following protest by the community over the plan to move 50% of the gas to provide power to other areas, when the communities did not have power.
“Today Council approved $64m to fund two lots. One to build the power plant to supply power itself and the other distribute the power to all the affected communities.”
With the approval, he said power will now be provided to the communities within four or five years and become a permanent structure.
“The only way we had been able to maintain peace in the communities was to use generators to supply power which had been costing NNPC about N18m every month to manage,” he said.

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.