The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva has assured the people of Brass Island that plans are at final stage for the commencement of the Brass Fertilizer Project, the Atlantic Refinery and a Fuel Depot.
Chief Sylva who gave the assurance during a grand reception organised by the people of Okpoama Kingdom in Brass LGA in his honour said that these projects will not only transform the developmental landscape of the Island but will also come with huge opportunities for the people.
According to him, the Brass Fertilizer Project, Modular Refinery and the Fuel Depot are at their final stages of take off, adding that before the end of the this year the FID components of these projects would have been completed.
Sylva who urged the people to be peaceful and law-abiding to attract more development projects, enjoined them to rally round the Amayanabo of Okpoama Kingdom, King Ebitimi Banigo in order for the kingdom to experience greatness.
He commended President Mohammadu Buhari who doubles as the Minister of Petroleum Resources for approving the projects and for appointing him as Minister of State Petroleum Resources, assuring that the Nembe-Brass Road project is achievable only if the people are peace loving and supportive of the policies and programmes of the Federal Government.
His words: ” This community today is at the verge of something great and I can tell you that for free. By the grace of God if we are calm and we are peaceful, this will begin the prosperity of the Okpoama and Brass people. But we must be peaceful, we must be calm, we must be a peace loving community.
” I am very happy and proud to have a King like His Majesty, King Ebitimi Banigo on the throne at this time with his lovely wife. And I will say also that, this community is specially blessed to have such a King who has seen it all, he has been to the moon and back.
” What can you tell Ebitimi Banigso that he doesn’t know already. So what this community need to do at this time is to rally behind him and see how we can drag the opportunities not only to Okpoama community but Brass Island, Nembe, Bayelsa and the Niger Delta community.
” Today, we have finished all touches on the Brass Fertilizer Project. We are going to take the FID at the end of this year which is already with us.That is going to be a huge project on the Island creating a lot of opportunities. We have put all finishing touches on the Atlantic Refinery- a Modular Refinery. We have put finishing touches to the Fuel Depot that would be build also on this Island.
” And at this point, I would like us to comnend my principal, my boss the Honourable Minister of Petroleum and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari without him I wouldn’t be here today as Minister of State. President Buhari had been to Okpoama before and you all remember, he has been to Brass also as Head of State and through me he has continue to be a part of this community.
” When you take about the road from Nembe to Brass Island. I can assure you even the road from Nembe to Okpoama to Brass is possible as long as you continue to be law abiding, as long as you continue to be a peaceful community that people will look up to”, he said.
In his goodwill message at the event, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri commended the people of Okpoama Kingdom for honouring Chief Timipre Sylva whom he described as an illustrous son of Bayelsa State and enjoined him to use his appointment as Minister of State Petroleum to attract projects to the state.
Represented by Chief Benson Agadaga, Chief of Staff Government House, Senator Diri applauded the new face of partnership and collaboration between the Minister and the Prosperity Government, assuring that his government is ready to support the Minister of State Petroleum to succeed.