Lagos - A former Deputy Inspector-General of Police
(DIG), Mr Chris Omeben, has advised President
Muhammadu Buhari to stop the clampdown on illegal
refineries in the Niger Delta and harness the talents
of the refinery operators to the benefit of the nation.
Omeben made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos as he
commemorated his 80th birthday. "I want President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the destruction of illegal refineries in the riverine states of Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta.
"Burning these refineries is not adding to the growth
of the economy. The technological blueprint could be
adopted to solve the problems of our refineries.
"The situation is similar to the civil war days. The Biafran engineers were able to set up a refinery from which they had their supply of petroleum products to power their vehicles. "The Biafran engineers were also able to improvise
weapons locally with which they prosecuted the civil
"Although these fizzled out after the war but the
Bafiarans utilised them effectively,’’ the former
police chief said, explaining that the skills of the
people who refined crude during the war could still
be exploited for nation growth.
Omeben, who is now Archbishop of the Jesus
Families Ministries Church in Iyana Ipaja, near
Lagos, also advised the president to assemble the best
brains in all the sectors to drive the efforts at
diversifying the economy. "Gather them together and make use of them for the country’s technological growth to be well grounded.
"The Buhari-led government should ensure that it
diversifies from oil to other mineral deposits,
particularly agriculture,’’ he told NAN.
The former top cop also canvassed the development
of the health sector to cut down on the number of
people, embarking on medical tourism to other
climes. He argued that doing so would not only save the country a huge foreign exchange but would also
increase revenue accruing to the nation’s Gross
Domestic Product by attracting foreign medical
Omeben, similarly, advised the Inspector-General of
Police, Mr Solomon Arase, to review the recruitment
process into the police to watch the characters being
engaged. He said that deviants recruited into the police were those giving the force bad image through their
"The I-G must know that how one gets into an office
determines how he or she will perform.
"If, for instance, politicians spend money to win
elections, they must surely want to recoup it,’’ he
Omeben said that the I-G should also ensure that no
police officer stayed for more that 18 months in an
area if the war against crime in the country would be
"I want to also advise the Lagos State government to
fix the roads within its jurisdiction and to stop
hawking on the highways to curb incessant robbery in
gridlocks,’’ he said.
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