HOSCON to partner FG on modular refineries
The Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSCON) has pledged to partner the Federal Government on the plan to construct three pilot modular refineries in each of the oil-producing states.
HOSCON made the pledge in a communiqué issued at the end of its 2022 Conference/Stakeholders Validation Meeting with top officials of the executive and legislative arms of the Federal Government held recently in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
In a communiqué endorsed by delegates from Anambra, Enugu, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Abia, Imo, Cross River, Ondo and River states, HOSCON also endorsed the election of Prof. Jasper F. Jumbo, a founding father of the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC) and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as its national chairman and leader; and Dr. Christie Atako as its national woman leader.
They also dissolved all ad hoc and interim committees of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) Trust Fund set up across host communities by Prince Mike Emuh, describing them as “ungovernmental, unmandated, illegal and deceitful.”
The conference further affirmed the removal of Emuh and members of his Executive Council, saying their tenure had expired.
The communiqué added: “The conference expressed appreciation to the bridge-building and peacemaking efforts of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) and the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, which have identified with them to chart a peaceful, all-inclusive way forward for the betterment of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Producing Communities.
“The conference also resolved to implement representation of all the HOSCON states in its Board of Trustees, including representatives of women, youths and traditional rulers as well as the representatives of the splinter HOSTCON group.”