CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS IDENTIFY YOUTH SKILLS EMPOWERMENT IN ARTISANAL REFINING OF CRUDE OIL AS KEY STRATEGY TO REDUCE CRIME IN THE NIGER DELTA REGION
Written by wave FM on November 19, 2020
The Civil Society Groups have identified youth skills empowerment in artisanal refining of crude oil as a key strategy to reduce crime in the Niger Delta region.
The non-governmental groups including the Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre, are of the opinion that this will stop artisanal refining, reduce incidence of pollution in the region.
To this end, the Executive Director of the Centre, FYNEFACE DUMNAMENE and his team organised a training workshop in Korokoro, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State.
In an interview, DUMNAMENE, said the initiative was to train the participants on guidelines available in the modular refinery policy of the Federal Government.
The Executive Director of the NGO also stressed the importance of modular refinery over the old-fashioned, crude method of refining stolen oil.
DUMNAMENE said most of the participants had lost their jobs, when the government ended illegal artisanal refining with the launch of the Operation Crocodile Smile of the Nigerian Army.