From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
Akwa Ibom state government has unfolded plans to construct crude oil refinery that would refine 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
Governor Udom Emmanuel said the venture would be another milestone in the implementation of the on-going industrial policy of his administration, explaining that on the commencement of the construction, the expected host community would be required to give protection to the influx of expatriate investors.
The governor noted with concern that a section of the youths has taken to blocking the gates of multinational oil firms, particularly that of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) at Ibeno, asking the leadership of the traditional institution to shoulder the responsibility of advising youths to refrain from such action.
Emmanuel regretted that at various instances his administration has unduly spent valuable moments of state governance on resolving unrelated matters between the oil companies and youth bodies, and called for an end to youth unrest instigated to amplify internal problems of oil companies in the state.
Emmanuel told the royal fathers and youths that the success of the on-going policy of industrialization was tied to a peaceful environment, and called for an undivided interest and representation in the protection of entrepreneurial experts and natural resources in the overall interest of the state.
He stated that the new spirit of ‘Dakkada” has to be imbibed in the ideals in collective supported to serve in bringing Akwa Ibom to greater heights through effective partnership with expatriate investors.