The federal government has disclosed that 36, 000 direct jobs as well
as 200, 000 indirect jobs would be created in Niger Delta region
alone, through the plan stoppage of gas flaring in the country.
The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Amnesty,
Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh, made this disclosure in Gelegele, near Benin
in Ovia North East local government
area of Edo State, on Friday during the inauguration of water project
in the Ijaw community.
Boroh who double as the national
coordinator of the Amnesty programme, said plan has reached advance
stage to put an end to flaring of has in the country through the
National Gas Flaring Commercialisation Programme.
While noting that the flare would be harnessed for both cooking,
electricity and other industrial use, said 48 sites has already been
identified in the first phase.
While not giving effective date for the commencement of the programme,
Boroh said an approval has been given by the Federal Executive Council
(FEC) for the National Gas Flaring Commercialisation programme.
“I want you all to know that the government is quite disturbed about
the health and environmental impact of gas flaring and is working
hard to put an end to this very soon. Through this programme also, 6
million households would have access to a clean and renewable energy,”
Boroh however said the programme would be private sector driven.
The Amnesty boss who told the people that the President remained
committed to the development of the region, stressed that there are
other areas which the government would also partner with the people.
According to Boroh, the people are expected to be active participant
in the Modular Refinery and Pipeline Security and Monitoring Scheme,
both of which modalities for its implementation has reached advance
“For the pipeline security scheme, it is going to be community driven.
The community people where we have these oil installations and
facilities are expected to drive this process. The modalities for this
are still being worked out.
“For the modular refinery which is also going to be private driven, it
is being initiated in order to put an end to the menace of illegal
refinery. The blue print on this will be out soon,” he stated.
The Amnesty boss said the amnesty programme which is at the
reintegration phase, has achieved its short and medium term objective.
He noted that the stage, the programme is been restructure towards all
inclusive human capacity development agenda.
Earlier in their address jointly presented by the Ama-Okosuwei of
Gelegele-Gbene community and the Ikea National Congress (INC), had
called for the establishment of amnesty office in Iraq area of Edo.
The address which was read by Chief Robinson Ogunkoru, also appealed
for pipeline surveillance slot for INC in Edo as well as provision of
skill acquisition center in five Okay clan of Edo.
They also demanded for the inclusion of other genuine agitators who
were not captured in the amnesty programme and the proper direction
and coordination of programme and policies for the existing