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Jonathan urged to stop crude export

By  Emma Arubi

WARRI—ACTING President Goodluck Jonathan has been called upon to take steps to immediately stop the exportation of all crude products from the country.

An expert in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, Chief Charles Akeni, who made the call in Warri yesterday in a chat with newsmen on the state of the nation, said export of crude products only served to create job opportunities in foreign countries.

He noted that stoppage of all crude products exportation would enable the country to create pensionable job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths in the country.

The Delta-born oil engineering expert maintained that “establishing industries that would locally process these crude products, which include oil, gas, minerals, cash and food crops to finished products for local consumption and export purposes, would go a long way in reducing unemployment problems in Nigeria.”

According to him, provision of constant and stable power supply, combined with adequate encouragement, empowerment and good welfare package for the Police and courts to enable them function to international standards, would attract investors and private business partnership with government.

Chief Akeni, a former manager with Shell, suggested a “ring-fenced selected areas”  or what he described as industrial estates to be granted an EPZ status that would attract investors and tenants’ participation where Nigerians would be employed to build the ring-fenced electricity system, logistics infrastructure and others and eventually work there as pensionable employees processing all the crude products into refined and value-added export.

Noting that there would be need to speed up the judicial process by creating more courts and computerising  police and court recording processes to aid intelligence gathering,  data management and  investigations, Akeni said,  “ with increased processing capacity comes increased raw material production from each core industrial area with its ringed-fenced electricity system.”


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