The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria had on Wednesday awarded the phase-1 engineering, procurement and construction of the gigantic project of Oloibiri Museum and Research Centre in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State.
The master plan of the historical project which will house museum and research centre, has been concepted for more than three decades.
However, this edifice which the construction has just been approved will close a very wide gap in our economy; in terms of employment creation, tourism, keeping of archival materials, as well as recreation for the oil community, whose environment has been badly affected by oil exploration and spillage for decades.
Today’s FEC meeting, presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), will be remembered in the history, for making the historical project possible by approving the project, which the plan has been lying fallow for decades.
The administration of President Buhari, who has pledged its commitment to the provision of infrastructural facilities, since inception has further built an history to be remembered for, by approving and awarded this historical project to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, with an ultimatum of thirty months for the completion of the huge project.
However, to ensure the success of the project some stakeholders; Bayelsa State Government, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund have come together as development partners to contribute to the development of the project.
While commenting on the approval of the project, Minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre Sylva commended the president for extending provision of infrastructural development to the Niger Delta.