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Host community group, HOSTCOM seeks oil blocks, refineries’ licenses

Emerging group in the oil rich Niger Delta, Host Communities of Nigeria, Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) have called on the Federal Government to consider allocating at least 10 oil blocks to its nominees and stakeholders to experience lasting peace in the region.

The group in a statement issued to convey its 10-Point Agenda for peace in Niger Delta also is asking for licenses for its proposed ten modular refineries with capacities ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 barrels per day.

According to HOSTCOM, “Opportunities will be created for jobs and other useful engagements and sense of belonging entrenched. And when youth restiveness is addressed in this manner, it will bring about the much desired improvement in crude production which invariably will in turn enhance foreign exchange revenues accruing to the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

HOSTCOM also asked for the approval of licenses and permit to deploy latest technology in collaboration with foreign technical partners in the areas of effective and optimal gas utilization, gas flare elimination, waste to zero and other green and renewable alternatives.

It called on the Federal Government to grant approval for the construction of massive crude and petroleum products storage facilities, averaging 500,000 metric tonnes, in at least five states of the oil and gas producing communities.

The 10-point agenda was handed to the Federal Government, after its meeting in Abuja with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu.

However, HOSTCOM promised to continue to partner with the government towards achieving the desired objectives of the 7-Big Wins, including ensuring security in the Niger Delta region.

The statement was jointly signed by Mike Emuh, National Chairman of Hostcom and His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, the Amayanabo, Twon Brass, who is also the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the new group.

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