Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed plans by the Federal Government to employ at least 200,000 youths in the Niger Delta region.
Professor Osinbajo made the disclosure at a meeting of the Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee held on Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, revealed that the Vice President’s chaired- committee also received reports of ongoing development projects being implemented in the region.
Speaking about the engagement of teeming youths in the region, the Professor Osinbajo explained that the proposed refineries would help in employing them.
He said: “One set of modular refinery package shipment has since arrived Nigeria and after undergoing clearance at customs, it would be installed in Delta State; while another set, which is expected to arrive the country in April this year, would be installed in Rivers State.”
“The operation of the modular refineries would include the involvement of communities where they are located. The refinery has a capacity of producing 6,000 barrels per day. The NDDC has also established job placement centres which are expected to engage about 208,000 youths in the Niger Delta,” he added.
The resolutions reached during the meeting include the establishment of job placement centres by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), which is expected to engage about 208,000 Niger Delta youths, the progress of Ogoni clean-up, and the construction of Otueke internal roads in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Others are the establishment of Amakpe modular refinery to be installed in Eket, Akwa Ibom State; the construction of Iselu-Okaigben-Idung-Boko-Onicha Ugbo Road in Edo State; the Orie Ukwu Amaoji Market Road in Isiala Ngwa North LGA, Abia State, and the Ashikem-Ufono-Betwaswan road in Obudu, Cross River State.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru; Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubril; the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere.
Also present are the Director-General of Nigeria Maritime Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside; and the Special Adviser to the President on the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd).
Others are the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Adamu Rasheed; Vice-Chancellor of the Maritime University, Professor Ongoebi Etebu; and representatives of other relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies among others.