RSG Mobilizes Communities To Set Up Modular Refineries

Rivers State Government last Friday, began an awareness campaign aimed at reaching out to operators of illegal refineries in the state.

Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Ipalibo Harry who is the chairman of the committee set up by the State Executive Council on investment in Modular Refineries in the State said the government will encourage any group of investors with interest in the establishment of Modular Refinery.

The Deputy Governor while addressing leaders of Community Development Committees (CDCs) in a meeting in Port Harcourt added that the government has out lined various incentives aimed at encouraging interested investors to set up Modular refinery instead of engaging in illegal operations called Kpo-fire business, emphasizing that the activities of illegal operators have caused health and environmental hazards.

She said the meeting was convened to interact with community leaders on how to sensitize the rural populace, especially those engage in the kpo-fire business to embrace government plans to invest in Modular refineries.

Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Igbiks Tamuno, in his speech, urged CDC leaders to be frank in their suggestions, explaining that the meeting was not meant to witch-hunt or indict anybody over involvement in the illegal refinery business.

According to him, close to 2000 people are engaged in the Kpo-fire business, in over 14 local government areas of the state adding that the illegal operators smile to the banks at the expense of the lives of over 7million residents of the state.

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