24 July 2015, Asaba – The Delta State Government has expressed its readiness to partner with two oil firms; Conodit Energy and Conodit Delta in the establishment of two proposed refineries in the state.
The refineries with the capacity of producing 120,000 and 55,000 barrels per day respectively would be established in Umukwata community in Ukwani local government area of the state.
Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus Agas who gave the assurance when management of the two oil firms and prominent indigenes of the proposed host community paid him a courtesy visit in his office, said that the proposed establishment of the refineries in the state is in line with the state government’s employment generation agenda.
While assuring the oil firms of the state government’s unalloyed support and partnership in driving the project to fruition particularly in the area of providing conducive environment, the SSG said the state government will also liaise with the relevant authorities as well as the Federal government in pursuing relevant documentation for the proposed project.
His words, “I must say that as government, we are indeed pleased with the proposed plan for the establishment of these two refineries in the state and we assure you that we will liaise with the Federal Government and other relevant authorities to ensure that you have a peaceful stay in the state and in the country.
“This has been part of the agenda of the state government because the state Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has since realised that the state alone cannot provide employment for its teeming population, hence, we are ready to partner with private investors for employment generation.
“As a government, we will continue to provide the enabling environment for private sector to thrive. Again, we are indeed happy that the proposed host community-Umukwata community has agreed to provide the required land for the establishment of these two refineries because, ;land is very critical in realizing this type of vision” Hon. Agas said.
Earlier, the spokesperson of the oil firm and host community, Hon. Fidelis Osuyali told the SSG that they were in the state to intimate the state government of their plans and thus; to seek support that would drive the vision to fruition.
He said that plans to that effect is already at an advanced state as according to him, some of the relevant organizations and agencies responsible for the establishment of refineries, particularly Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) have been intimated and have given their support.