As part of efforts by the federal government to curtail the crisis in the Niger Delta, the acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed all international oil companies operating in the Niger-Delta region to relocate their headquarters to the zone.
It is believed that this is the first time such order would be given by the presidency since 1999.
According to reports, Osinbajo gave the directive at a town hall meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom which he visited as part of efforts to end the Niger-Delta crisis.
Osinbajo asked the minister of state for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu to begin the process of engaging the international oil firms to ensure the directive is adhered to since it was the right thing to do.
He revealed that the petroleum ministry was working with the oil firms working on illegal refineries to establish modular refineries to achieve the desired result.
He also revealed that the ministry of Petroleum and the Presidential Amnesty Office are doing their best with state governments in the Niger Delta to the benefit of the youths in the area.