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Nigeria working to bring development
to oil-rich Niger Delta: minister  

LAGOS, (Xinhua) -- Nigeria is working to bring development to the Niger Delta region through establishment of modular refineries initiative and gas flare commercialization programs, Minister for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu said Thursday.

Speaking at forum in southern city of Benin, Kachikwu said the ministry had received applications to operate seven modular refineries in Edo State.

Three of the applications were already in approval stage, he added, noting that the establishment of the refineries was private sector driven and the designs, analysis and engineering work for the three refineries had been done.

Kachikwu commended the oil producing communities in Edo for being peaceful and urged them to continue to tow the line of peace to allow for development in the communities.

He announced the setting up of a committee to identify development needs and work to address them within a specific timeline in the state.

He said the committee was made up of representatives of the federal and state governments, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and security agencies.

Earlier, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, said the meeting was to sensitize and create awareness of the on-going government’s initiative in the region.

Usani said the government was reviewing the Amnesty Program in the Niger Delta region to capture those who were left out of the scheme.

           

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