December 7, 2015

Gov Emmanuel makes case for state-owned refineries


Gov Emmanuel Udom

By Tom Moses

UYO—Worried by the prevailing fuel scarcity and the difficulty of petroleum importers to access foreign exchange to facilitate their transactions, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, yesterday, recommended that oil-bearing states be encouraged to establish refineries to address the situation.

Already, the governor said arrangements had been concluded with some investors to  establish two refineries with production capacity of 100,000 barrels per day in the state.

Gov Emmanuel Udom

Gov Emmanuel Udom

This, he said, would address the perennial scarcity of petroleum products just as the establishment of other private refineries would help stabilise market forces as well as end fuel importation.

Governor Emmanuel, at a Prayer Summit held at the Latter House Chapel, Government House, Uyo, said that the state government was working out modalities for the  payment of severance allowances to political office holders in the local government areas across the state.

He also announced that inter-ministerial direct labour projects would soon commence and will be executed in phases in view of the  prevailing economic circumstances.

He also directed the Head of Service, Mrs Ekerebong Akpan, to look into cases of civil servants due for  promotion and promote them to their appropriate cadres, adding that despite the  economic downturn, his administration  has been able to  pay  salaries to its workers just as  gratuities and other  entitlements were being paid in batches.

The governor also advised pensioners to provide their biometric verification numbers to the Accountant General’s office for easy access to their benefits and restated his commitment to ensure  that  workers’ welfare was accorded its deserved attention.