It appears illegal refineries have come to stay.

And former governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan is sharing some tips with the Muhammadu Buhari-led government on how to make the most of them.

Uduaghan called on the Federal Government to convert the ingenuity of illegal refinery operators in the Niger Delta region into technological breakthrough for the country.

Uduaghan, who was one of those who brokered a peace deal between the Federal Government and militants in the region in 2009, said the illegal refineries should be upgraded and licensed.

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The former governor, in a Facebook post on Wednesday on the reasons why he aspired to represent Delta South at the Senate come 2019, gave an assurance that if elected, he would pursue laws that would legalise the illegal refineries and their operators.

He observed that the continued destruction of the local refineries by security agencies, which in turn pollute the already degraded environment, was not the solution to the current menace.

He stated: “About 6,000 illegal refineries operational in the country were reportedly destroyed by the Joint Military Task Force in 2015. Some of these ‘refineries’ were actually rickety ‘science projects’ being over-glorified by calling them oil refineries.

“Be that as it may, among existing thousands of illegal refineries, there is (a) likelihood that there will be a good number of well set up refineries among them. The illegal refinery industry has been around for years now and has grown a little.

“So, can a country that is trying hard to manage its four legal refineries afford to destroy ‘illegal refineries?”

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