The Oasis Reporters
January 4, 2019
By Aloysius Okerieke.
Urges Government To Harness local ideas for production of Petroleum products
Foremost Niger Delta environmentalist who is also the National Coordinator, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, Comrade Sheriff Mulade has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to provide Niger Deltans the enabling environment to create jobs for themselves, saying that this will curb Illegal refining operations carried out in parts of the country which has led to crude oil theft and environmental damages.
Speaking at Abuja, Comrade Mulade in his New Year goodwill message to Nigerians, he expressed displeasure over the reluctance of the federal government to remediate the badly polluted Niger Delta environment .
The Activist noted that training and integrating those who are locally refining petroleum products illegally in parts of Nigeria will help to develop manpower and the technological competence required to reposition the petroleum sector for increase productivity.
According to him, harnessing local ideas to end the age long importation of petroleum products, illegal oil bunkering and environmental degradation will contribute to the nation’s GDP, improve its capacity to create jobs and engender sustainable development, adding that it was time for the Nigerian government to save itself and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC from incurring N623.17 billion on fuel subsidy costs incurred between January to November 2018 for instance.
Furthermore Mulade said that the Nigerian government needed to look inward to harness local ideas for economic recovery, growth and job creation as a means of positively utilising the rapid population growth being experienced in the country.