Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has commended the
Federal Government for its decision to set up modular refineries,
describing it as a brilliant idea that will not only create more jobs
but would also increase the economic fortunes of Nigeria.
According to him, the refineries when fully on stream, will also curb
the illegal refining of petroleum products which has been on for years
and reduce casualties associated with such risk.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said
the governor stated this on sidelines of the ongoing Oil and Gas Trade
Conference (OTC), in Houston, Texas, United States of America.
Present with the Governor at the event were Senator Foster Ogola, Hon.
Fred Agbedi who is Chairman House Committee on Gas, Hon. Henry Ofongu,
Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Serena Dokubo-Spiff,
Commissioner for Investment, Trade, Commerce and Industries, Barr.
Kemela Okara, Chief Economic Adviser, Duate Iyabe, Special Adviser on
Investment, Cyril Akika among other top aides of the governor.
Dickson said that because of the laudable initiative, his government
had fully embraced it by setting up a company; Bayelsa Petrochemical
and Refinery Company Limited, to partner with willing investors to
ensure that the refineries are established and up and running.
The governor told his audience made up of key players in the global
oil industry that Bayelsa being the home of oil and gas in Nigeria,
provides strategic investment opportunities as well as a conducive and
secured environment to drive investment in that sector.
He said that the participation of his state in the OTC is strategic as
it affords it the opportunity to meet and leverage with prospective
investors on various opportunities provided by his government.
Dickson who reiterated that already Bayelsa State has in abundance
gas feedstock to power the modular refineries said ” It is interesting
to note that we already have more than enough gas in abundance to
deliver the three modular refineries so we are good to go”.
While emphasising the issue of security, the governor assured
prospective investors that all investments would be fully secured and
also allayed fears expressed on threats to destruction of pipelines.
“To a large extent, as a state government given our strategic and
massive investment in security over the last five years, we make bold
to say that our state is one of the safest in the Niger Delta and
Nigeria. So would-be investors have nothing to worry about”, Dickson
The governor used the occasion to announce that the Kolo Creek Gas
plant which is the first independent power plant in the country has
been running for years and again listed the opportunities available in
the state to drive investments in modular refineries, power plants and
allied petrochemical industries.
Dickson was also a guest at the Nigerian Content Development and
Montoring Board (NCDMB) strategic Stakeholders event, as part of the
OTC roundtable side meetings, where the Honourable Minister of State
for Petroleum, Ibe kachikwu, along with other key players in the oil
and gas sector were present.
At that forum, he further called on major players in the industry to
partner with the State on a number of opportunities in driving
investment in key sectors of the State and lauded the recent federal
government policy directing Oil companies to relocate to the oil
To this, he asserted that Bayelsa has already provided the enabling
environment to make the relocation of the oil companies easy and
seamless and talked about the 3.5km runway international airport
which the State is presently constructing and is at almost 90 percent
“The airport will enable the oil companies executives to be able to
fly in and out of the state without the the stress of travel time from
Port Harcourt to Yenagoa and the completion of the new heliport will
serve the purpose of helicopter shuttles”.
“In addition to that, the ambitious infrastructural projects provided
by the present government to facilitate businesses in the state has
made Bayelsa to be fully ready and open for business” he said.
In his remarks, the honourable minister of state for Petroleum
commended Governor Dickson for all the initiatives and efforts put in
place to attract investment in the sector, particularly the move by
the state government to set up three modular refineries.