** Wants President to give Project to Nigerians as Christmas Gift

By Jimmy Lace, Warri



President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

THE Niger Delta Indigenous Movement For Radical Change (NDIMRC), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently give approval to the $ 13.5Bn Zabazaba Deepwater Project and implored the President to give the Zabazaba Deepwater Project to Nigerians as  Christmas Gift.

The oil monitoring group made the call in an open letter to the President which was made available to our Correspondent.

The letter entitled; “THE URGENT NEED FOR MR PRESIDENT TO GIVE APPROVAL TO THE $ 13. 5Bn ZABAZABA DEEPWATER PROJECT: LET ZABAZABA DEEPWATER PROJECT BE A SURPRISE CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR  NIGERIANS” ,was signed by its President  (Nelly Emma), Secretary (John Sailor)  and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Stanley Mukoro.

The group wrote;”First and foremost, we write to congratulate the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on his 75th birthday celebration and to wish him more fruitful years and wisdom to continue to pilot the affairs of the country”.

“Mr President, the Niger Delta Indigenous Movement For Radical Change, is a  well known oil monitoring group based in the oil rich Niger Delta Region and we have been agitating for a better deal for all Nigerians.

“Mr President, we are writing you this urgent letter on the need for you to do the needful now and give approval for the $13.5Bn Zabazaba Deepwater Project. This is an important project and your administration should not waste further time in giving approval for its take off.

“Your Excellency, we want to place it on record that Agip is developing the Zabazaba field with proven reserves of 560 million barrels of oil as a standalone development in the eastern portion of the Niger Delta in water depths ranging from 1,200 to 2,400 metres. The main packages in the Zabazaba project include the construction of the Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) units, subsea installations and drilling rigs.

“Mr President, this  Agip-operated Zabazaba project will also set a new record in local content development as the major contractors bidding for the project  have submitted competitive costs and concrete plans to fabricate and integrate over 50 per cent of the topsides of the FPSO in the country.


Dr Ibe Kachikwu

Dr Ibe Kachikwu

Mr President, from our findings, Agip plans to achieve first oil in 2020 and is determined to start execution of the project in the fourth quarter of this year. We urge you to give the nod for the take off of the Project being precious to Nigerians.”

While lamenting that Nigerians were being sacked on a daily basis, the group told Mr President, that the importance of the Zabazaba Deepwater Project cannot be overemphasized. On a daily basis, Nigerians are thrown into the labour market with no hope of getting another job. We have lost count of how many Nigerians that have been thrown into the labour market in the last few months and the number is on the rise”.

The group maintained that the project  is capable of generating over Eight Million jobs for Nigerians with a great hope for those who have been thrown into the labour market and other Nigerians seeking for employment”.

“The Zabazaba Deepwater Project is also capable of giving employment to an army of repentant militants in the Niger-Delta Region as well as repentant Boko Haram insurgents in the North and we therefore, implore Mr President to give the go ahead to the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu and  Agip to carry on with this project that will further  give meaning to your administration and your party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Let the Zabazaba Deepwater Project be counted among the achievements of the APC before 2019 to let your party shine along with your promise of creating millions of job for Nigerians.”

Nigerians expect your approval of this project as a Christmas gift to them, please do the needful and do not let go of this opportunity.”

“Mr President, the Zabazaba Deepwater Project will be a good Christmas gift for Nigerians if you take the bull by the horns and do the needful now. We enjoin you not to let go this Golden opportunity”, the group said