OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON DELTA STATE MODULAR REFINERY MULTI-PURPOSE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES
PRESENTATION OF DELTA STATE MODULAR REFINERY MULTI-PURPOSE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, GCFR IN A SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE NATIONAL FACILITATOR, PROJECT WITH ARTISANAL CRUDE OIL REFINERS (PACOR) FOR MODULAR REFINERIES IN THE NIGER DELTA AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, YOUTHS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY CENTRE (YEAC), MR. FYNEFACE DUMNAMENE FYNEFACE IN WARRI, DELTA STATE AT AN EVENT FOR THE INAUGURATION AND PRESENTATION OF DELTA STATE MODULAR REFINERY MULTI-PURPOSE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR LICENSES ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2021
Dear Mr. President,
I bring you and the Federal Government greetings from Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC), National Facilitators of Project with Artisanal Crude Oil Refiners (PACOR) for Modular Refineries in the Niger Delta as approved and incorporated by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in our objectives.
Following your pronouncement on Modular Refinery for youths involved in artisanal crude oil refining in the Niger Delta through Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2017 during his tour of the region, we have been sensitizing and training youths involved in artisanal crude oil refining to stop pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft and environmental pollution among others in the Niger Delta. In 2019, we commenced the process of registering the artisanal refiners for the formation of Co-operative Societies for Modular refineries and we were glad when on January 10, 2020 during your inauguration of National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) laboratory in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital represented by the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor you directed that artisanal crude oil refiners are registered and formed into Co-operative Societies for Modular Refinery Licenses.
It is against these brief backgrounds that we write you this open letter to formally present to you, three Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Societies of artisanal crude oil refiners in Delta State for you to issue them Modular Refinery Licenses as promised. They are;
(1). Delta North Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd with Christian Obokana (08033938770) as President;
(2) Delta Central Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd with Cyril Oghenevwede (08032364268) as President and,
(3) Delta South Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd with Clever Donokoromor (07065439069) as President.
These three Co-operative Societies are also today collectively inaugurated as the pioneer members of “Delta State Association of Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Societies” with Clever Donokoromor as the Chairman.
These are the authentic platforms of the real artisanal crude oil refiners who have stopped and embraced your policy on Modular Refineries as alternative means of livelihood in Delta State. In the days ahead, we will inaugurate and also present to you, Modular Refinery Co-operative Societies in other Niger Delta States.
While thanking you for taking this bold step to address issues around youths and artisanal crude oil refining in the Niger Delta through Modular Refineries, it is our recommendation that you speed-up the process and also kindly consider and establish a “Presidential Artisanal Crude Oil Refining Development Initiative (PACORDI)” for artisanal crude oil refiners in the Niger Delta, similar to the “Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI)” in parts of the North and Western Nigeria.
We look forward to having you issue Modular Refinery Licenses to these Co-operative Societies so that they do not cite Government unseriousness as reason to return to the creeks to cause more damage to oil facilities and our fragile environment.
On our part as an organization, we will continue partnering with your government to address this and related issues in the Niger Delta and strengthen our facilitation of international development partners to co-fund the Modular Refinery projects for artisanal crude oil refiners in the Niger Delta.
Yours in Service to Humanity,
FYNEFACE DUMNAMENE FYNEFACE,
National Facilitator, Project with Artisanal Crude oil Refiners (PACOR) for Modular Refineries in the Niger Delta and Executive Director, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC).