Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has said that the Federal Government would be fair and just in allocating oil blocs, considering people from the Niger Delta region.
The Minister said though the President had not allocated any oil bloc since assumption of office but that when he eventually starts, only skilled people will benefit.
Speaking on Monday in Uyo at the South-South region Town Hall Meeting organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Minister clarified questions by some aggrieved participants from the region over the inequitable distribution of oil blocs.
Mr. Kachikwu stressed that he was one of those who believed that the South-South people should benefit from oil blocs because it would be part of “giving back to the chicken that laid the eggs”.
He said it would go a long way to empower the people and make them engage in genuine oil deals, rather than being contractors to oil companies.
The minister, however, assured that when government wants to consider the allocation, it would be given to those who have skills and the finance to develop the blocs.
According to the Minister, the President will follow due process when he finally starts the allocation of oil blocs. The minister also promised that the Federal Government would locate oil depots and modular refineries in the state through private capital intervention.
Speaking alongside Kachikwu and other ministers at a government town meeting, minister of transport, Chibuike Amaechi, and Kachikwu, however disagreed on the establishment of a Nigerian Maritime University, proposed for Okerenkoko in Delta State.
But Mr. Kachikwu disagreed with Mr. Amaechi, saying he was in support of the project, drawing a loud applause from the audience.