Modular refinery: Obasanjo praises President Buhari, says administration has succeeded where others failed

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the weekend praised President Muhammad Buhari for achieving huge success in an area where previous administrations, including his, could not make headway, Leadership reports.
According to the paper, Obasanjo described as “commendable” the Buhari administration’s decision to award operational licences to 22 firms for the construction of modular refineries in the country.
He said this while speaking at the weekend during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Azikel Refinery, the first private modular refinery in the oil and gas-rich Niger Delta region.
Obasanjo praised the Buhari administration for awarding modular refinery operational licences to 22 firms, including Azikel Petroleum.
The former president stated that he was delighted at the commitment of Azikel Petroleum, adding that none of the 18 licenses earlier awarded by his administration came to fruition.
Obasanjo said, “I have been told that President Buhari and his government gave 22 licences and that Azikel Petroleum is the only license out of the 22 that is really actualised.
“Before then, we gave 18 and not one was actialised. They gave all manner of excuses, including insecurity and oil prices. But those excuses they gave are still there. But they were not genuine entrepreneurs. They were after collecting licences to get crude oil.  And that is why in an occasion like this, we should pay special tribute to people like Eruani.
“I join you all in thanking President Buhari for giving four licences more than we gave. And he (Buhari) is lucky that he has a man like Eruani to be the only one to actualise.”
The proposed modular refinery, which would be built and known as Azikel Refinery, is owned by Azikel Petroleum, a subsidiary of Azikel Group of Companies, has Azibapu Eruani, as its group president. It is located at Obunagha community in Gbarain Kingdom of Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
“But more importantly, this will bring several businesses in the state and in the Niger Delta. We will put youths to work and we will be engaging communities. This will largely curb youth restiveness”, Eruani said.
In his remarks, Governor Dickson said Azikel Refinery was very important to Bayelsa as the government had shown its commitment to creating the conducive atmosphere for private sector investment to thrive.
Governor Dickson also commended President Buhari “for finding Azikel Group fit and proper” to be granted licence, saying “we expect more of such friendly gestures.”
According to the governor, his administration would continue to support the refinery project and any such business ventures that would stimulate economic growth and development in the state, describing Bayelsa as a safe haven for investment.
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