The Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has urged the federal government to support the development of modular refineries in the Niger Delta.
PANDEF explained that the establishment of modular refineries would checkmate the unwholesome practices associated with refining of crude oil and provide employment for youths in the region.
Speaking through a communique signed at the weekend in Uyo by its National Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, after an expanded National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, PANDEF said the modular refineries would also help to curb criminality in the area.
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The group also cautioned youths in the region against utterances that could disrupt the smooth operations of federal agencies and impact negatively on the socio-economic development of the region.