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Monarch solicits support of Eket Youths as Amakpe Refinery Directors Arrive



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The paramount Ruler of Eket, His Royal Majesty Edidem E. C. D Abia, the Attah Ekid 1, has called on the youths and people of Eket to co-operate with the investors of Amakpe Refinery as the company begins movement for operations.


Edidem Abia, in company of Chief Asua Amanam, CEO of Amakpe Refinery and others while addressing over 3000 youths, women and elders of Eket on Thursday at the council secretariat said Amakpe Refinery has come to stay despite many years of setback.


“But the Refinery can only succeed with the support and co-operation of all stakeholders including you the youths through the protection of the pipeline and other facilities”, the Royal father said.


He said that everything has been put in place with the assistance of the Federal government to ensure that the construction of the 10,000 production capacity per day Refinery commences soon at Ikot Usokong in Eket Local government area.


Edidem Abia commended the resilience of Chief Asua Anamam who has not given up on the project on the face of mounting challenges over the years.


“We must embrace Amakpe Refinery as our collective property because we don’t want what is happening in other places in the Niger Delta to happen here”, Abia said.


“The Federal government is losing huge revenue from pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft in some parts of the Niger Delta, and we don’t want that to happen here when the Refinery finally kicks off production, we need the support of all”, he emphasized.


He poured encomiums on the State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel for his industrialization drive and thanked him for the construction of the Eket Stadium which he said will promote sporting activities not only in Eket but Eket Federal constituency.


In his speech, the Managing Director and CEO of Amakpe Refinery, Chief Asua Amanam gave a run down of the journey so far in establishing the Refinery and assured the people that “construction of the Refinery will commence very soon”.


“I am in Nigeria to facilitate the procurement of the right of way for the pipeline from the site of the Refinery to the source of raw material, which is crude oil at Qua Iboe terminal. The Federal and State government has given us all the necessary support and we are ready to kick off installation”, Chief Amanam said.


He explained that the Refinery had long been fabricated in component parts in the United States of America, adding that what was needed was just installation and laying of pipes from source of raw material to the plant at Ikot Usokong, Eket.


The business mogul enumerated the huge economic benefits of having a Refinery in Akwa Ibom apart from the employment opportunities that will accrue, stressing that the downstream benefits of the Refinery will change the economic fortune of the State.


He called on the people including women to form cooperative societies so as to benefit maximally from the corporate responsibility programs of the establishment.


Earlier, Chief Asua Amanam unveiled a football trophy donated by the paramount ruler, Edidem E. C. D. Abia for the youths of Eket, Onna, Esit-Eket and Ibeno local government areas. The tournament initiated by Mr Victor Udofa is ongoing and will be completed on Sunday.

Dignitaries present during the briefing included, Senator Helen Esuene, Gen Anthony Etukudo (Rt), Barr James Essien, company secretary of Amakpe Refinery, Clan Heads, government functionaries, women groups and youths.

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