Niger Delta Stakeholders Meet FG, List Terms for Lasting Peace

In search for a lasting peace in the oil rich Niger Delta zone of the country, traditional rulers from the region met with the Federal Government team on Thursday.
At the meeting, which also saw stakeholders from the Niger Delta in attendance, the traditional rulers outlined terms, they said would ensure trust as well as restore peace in the region if implemented.
The meeting, it was learnt, is sequel to the ceasefire, which the the main militant group in the region, the Niger Delta Avengers, accepted few days ago.
The stakeholders briefing the press at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Abuja, the Bolowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Chief Wellington Okirika, said the traditional rulers listed six things and tabled them before the Federal Government which they believe if done would put a halt to the destruction of the country’s oil assets by militants in the region.
“Having acceded to the call for a ceasefire by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on August 4, 2016, the buck has now been passed to the table of the Federal Government as driven by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources – a representative of the Federal Government.
“For the purposes of building confidence in the system, we wish to state here that as a matter of urgency the Federal Government should appoint/constitute a Federal Government dialogue team; release the 10 innocent school children arrested by the Nigerian Army on the 28th of May, 2016 in Oporoza and others in detention on trumped up charges.
“Return the Golden Sword, being the symbol of authority in the Gbaramatu traditional institution; return the three traditional council speed boats in custody of the Nigerian Army; cessation of hostilities perpetrated by the military in the Niger Delta region; and equally important, the Federal Government should make a categorical statement about the opening of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko Delta State for academic activities in the 2016/2017 session,” Chief Okirika said.

Author: News Editor

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