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FG Considers Dialoguing with Niger Delta Militants



In bid to stop attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region, Federal Government is considering dialoguing with the restive youths.

This was the views of the Minister for Information and Culture and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu in Lagos on Monday.

At an interactive session with coalition of civil societies in Lagos, they both agreed that there was need to halt the tide of bombing of the nation’s wealth.

They disclosed that the Federal Government is considering opening a robust dialogue with the Niger-Delta militants on the need to stop militancy in the oil rich region.

At the session, chaired by Dr. Moses Ilo, founder of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, the Ministers stressed that the activities of militants is currently sabotaging efforts being made by the government to revamp the nation’s economy.

Mohammed while lamenting the situation said there was no other solution to the issues happening in Niger Delta other than engaging them in meaningful dialogue.

According to Kachikwu the government has come to realize that rolling out military tanks against the militants would not solve the problem.

“The military barrels cannot stop or solve problem of militancy in the Niger–Delta region. I will have to go back to my brothers, they are our brothers we will go and dialogue with them,” Kachikwu said.

He said the continued audit of the country’s daily fuel consumption resulted in weeding out 10 million liters of fake petroleum products that was daily subsidized by the previous administration.

Kachikwu lamented that the fund spent in subsidizing the pretentious consumption daily could have been used by the Federal Government to fix the refineries, roads and other basic amenities across the country which would have helped improve the Nigeria’s economy.



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