Member representing Etinan/ Nsit Ibom /Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Mr Onofiok Luke, has expressed support for the establishment of modular refineries in the country through licensing and financial encouragement by the Federal Government.
Luke who was contributing to the debate on a Matter of Urgent Public Importance: ‘The Urgent Need to Curb the Activities of Illegal Crude Oil Refineries in the Niger Delta Region to end the Soot Currently Experienced in the Region’, brought on the floor of the House of Representatives by the member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, Mr Unyime Idem,said that the issuance of licenses by the Federal Government will curb environmental degradation in the Niger Delta.
The lawmaker said that the motion was timely given the challenges that illegal refineries have posed to the people and the environment. He added that granting licenses for the operation of modular refineries will reduce unemployment and curb the activities of illegal refineries that has plagued the Niger Delta region.
He also commended the Rivers State governor, Mr NyesomWike, for rising to the occasion to stop the operation of illegal refineries in his state. Governor Wike had begun a clampdown on illegal refineries in state in a bid to tackle the attendant health challenges it has brought to the people.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, mandated the joint Committees on Host Community and Downstream to investigate the matter and report back within six weeks for further legislative action.