By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
The Delta State Government has commenced the encouragement of indigenous participation in the oil and gas sector through partnering with investors for the establishment of modular refineries to avert dangers of illegal refineries in the state.
Mr. Omomofe Pirah, the State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, who spoke to journalists on Friday in Asaba, disclosed that two modular refineries have been licenced with the OMSA Pillars ASTEX Company Limited, adding that the two modular refineries were at the advanced stage of completion.
According to him, “Harnesssing our God given oil and gas resources require careful, proficient, best productive and Managerial efforts by the stakeholders involved in the sector as it is a full, and adequate growth capacity” disclosing that the state government through its ministry oil and gas was poised to building strategic gas infrastructure through public private partnership arrangement to harness the huge economic opportunities for industrialization.
He stressed that the Ministry of Oil and Gas in the state planned to create a platform through which host communities can be encouraged to establish modular refineries, and small investments, adding: “Delta State Government has initiated an industrial park to be sited in Kwale to leverage on its abundant gas competitive advantage for industrialization, this industrial park which will tap from the marginal field operators in the Kwale axis as it would also create a corridor for the manufacture of glass, ceremics and plastics”.
The commissioner explained that some of the modest achievements of the oil and gas ministry since its inception in 2011, included mediation between host communities, oil and gas companied, and had yielded positive impact as the ministry also recorded a high level of success through various communities engagements.
He lamented some of its constraints, notable among is the oil and gas business still on the exclusive list of the Federal Government as it does not give room for indigenous participation, even as he said that the Nigeria context Act 2011 inhits the active participation of host communities.