The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu has said the effects of the destruction of gas pipelines and oil installations would still be felt in the country in the next 15 to 20 years.
Kachikwu said this on Monday at the town hall meeting set up by the ministry of information and culture in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
He said if Nigeria fails to create jobs for militants within the oil sector, then the scourge of pipeline vandalism cannot be completely wiped out in the country.
“More than just the depot, I think Akwa-Ibom deserves more. I’m talking with those who are producing oil here to begin to look at the possibility of modular refineries.”
“Modular refineries are going to be the answer to our problems in the future. We talk about the militants and their agitations, the reality is that until we begin to put things in place that would have these so called ‘militants’ find opportunities in the sector, the destruction is going to continue.”
He also added that any solution proferred right now must find a long term way of giving opportunities to any citizen of the oil producing states.
“Floating filling stations, modular refineries, gas bleeding systems; all of these are what we are targeting for,” he said.
“We are developing a document basically dealing with our relationship for oil producing states, so we can find a direct link between what we do and the oil that we produce. Then the restiveness will go.”
“I have appealed to those who are breaking oil pipelines for now, the Niger Delta Avengers and everybody else, and as you know we are engaging in negotiations for us to find peace this week and be able to enter truce relationship that stops all the destruction.”
“When we destroy pipelines, we destroy our environment. Even when we make up the pipeline, it takes an average of 15 to 20 years to get those infrastructures and those climatic effects on the environment to go away.”