Artisanal Refining: Advocacy Centre engages Stakeholders for Environmental Protection in the Niger Delta
ADVOCACY CENTRE in collaboration with Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) on Friday, January 8, 2021 and Monday, January 11, 2021 held consultative meetings with stakeholders in the Artisanal Refineries informal sector in Rivers and Bayelsa States respectively. The meeting which way conveyed at the instance of CEHRD was organized by Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) as the coordinating organization of Platform for the Coordination of Niger Delta Ex-Artisanal Refiners for Modular Refineries. The essence of the meeting was to engage key stakeholders and discuss ways of ending artisanal refining and associated environmental pollution by encouraging them to embrace other collectively thought-out alternative livelihood opportunities including Modular Refineries proposed by the Federal Government which registration of artisanal refiners are ongoing in communities across the Niger Delta. CEHRD, YEAC and other organizations, local and international that have and are still partnering with Advocacy Centre aim to protect the Niger Delta environment and achieve environmental sustainability by persuading artisanal refiners to stop their activities that contribute to pollution and embrace alternative means of livelihoods being proposed. The stakeholders also further discussed and demanded for the establishment of Presidential Artisanal Crude Oil Refining Development Initiative (PACORDI) for artisanal refiners in the Niger Delta. This engagement would extend to other Niger Delta States as we look forward to more collaborations and partners for youth empowerment, advocacy and development. Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre appreciates CEHRD and its partners for supporting our programs.