Omo-Agege states position on fuel subsidy, oil companies headquartered outside Niger Delta

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By Seun Opejobi

Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Senate President, has called for the removal of oil subsidy in Nigeria, stressing that there was no need spending billions of naira on subsidy regime.

Speaking during ministerial confirmation hearing on the floor of the Senate yesterday, Omo-Agege explained that Nigeria only needs to address the lingering issue of inadequate refined oil production to match local consumption.

The Deputy Senate President also urged the government to fix the country’s ailing refineries.

He said: “I have always taken the position that there is no need for us to continue with this subsidy; all we need to do is to fix the refineries.

“But, today, I have seen many people in the NNPC and elsewhere moving otherwise because they believe we ought to continue with this subsidy regime.

“I am from the Niger Delta and there are a lot of us who believe that most of the oil companies doing business in that neighborhood ought to have their offices and their headquarters in that same neighborhood so as to provide employment opportunities.

“There is an issue that is raging right now in the Niger Delta and it has to do with the Nigerian Gas Company in Ekpan-Warri; they are also threatening to move their headquarters from Warri in Delta state to elsewhere.

“I am seeking a commitment today as the representative of the people of Delta Central that no ministerial nominee today will eventually superintend over the movement of Nigerian Gas Company elsewhere.

“I also seek a commitment that those companies that are doing business in the Niger Delta but have their headquarters elsewhere should come back to the Niger Delta area to provide jobs for our teeming youths.”

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