A Non-Governmental Organisation based in Port Harcourt, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC), has commended the Federal Government for approving three modular refineries for six States in the Niger Delta region.
The organisation, while calling for the inclusion of Abia, Imo and Ondo States in the next phase of the modular refineries scheme, pointed out that Cross River State should be removed from the pilot scheme.
The Executive Director of the organisation, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface, in a statement said, “Cross River is not an oil-producing State. I therefore, recommend without prejudice that it should not be part of the pilot (first) phase of the project as announced by the Federal Government through the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor.
“This is because, since the modular refineries are targeted at solving immediate problems associated with ongoing artisanal crude oil refining activities that are not currently taking place in Cross River State, it would be better to keep the state in view and focus on problem states.”