The chairman of the Bayelsa State Waterways Oil and Gas Marketers Association of Nigeria (WOGMAN), Mr. Progress Kemebigha, has disclosed that the association has developed a framework that would help increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of Bayelsa State by 90 per cent at the end of 2019.
In an interview with Morning Mail, Kemebigha noted that the framework would also help create 200 jobs annually to help tackle issues of unemployment in the state.
Giving insight into the potential of the waterways oil and gas sector of the economy, Kemebigha, said the state stands to gain more if modern approaches are used to engage youths in the sector as key stakeholders and marketers.
Explaining further, he said “rather than let unemployed youths in the State to continue to lament in the midst of plenty, one basic thing we would do is to train and register them with major oil and gas marketers, so that they can become independent marketers.”
He averred that one of the ideas behind this new framework is to also help tackle issues such crude oil theft and illegal refining that have plagued the nation’s economy for many decades.
He further said that the plan of the Association is to place Bayelsa in the world’s map as a key player in the oil and gas sector as well as help boost the IGR.
“We would take the state back to the days when people in riverine areas enjoyed the services of floating filling stations and petroleum products were easily accessed at official pump price.
“As we all know, this brought succor to rural dwellers especially those living along the waterways of the state. Once we create jobs and make transportation of goods and services cheaper, we would have more people willing to pay tax.
“This no doubt would boost the IGR of the state and help reduce poverty among rural dwellers across coastal communities,” he said.