16 Conditions For Peace in The Niger Delta.
The people of the Niger Delta, under the aegis of Pan-Niger Delta Forum, have submitted 16 conditions to President Muhammadu Buhari, which the federal government must meet for lasting peace in the oil-rich region. See Below:
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has stated that the president has asked for time to enable him come up with permanent and lasting solutions to the demands of critical stakeholders of the region.
King Alfred Diete-Spiff, the Amanayabo of Brass and Chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council in Bayelsa State, who presented the 16-point request at the Niger Delta stakeholders’ meeting with Buhari held at the State House yesterday, later told correspondents that although the people of Niger Delta were going about their businesses with smiles, there was deep seated anger behind the smiles.
They stated that all the bodies created by the federal government to ensure that the Niger Delta benefits from its huge resources had failed to deliver. Fielding questions from journalists after the meeting with the president, Kachikwu said the dialogue with the militants was already yielding positive results. “The reality is that as of today and this morning, we are producing at 2.1 million barrels per day. That is substantial.
That would not have happened without efforts that went behind through the royal fathers and leaders, through to the militant leaders. A lot of behind-the-scenes engagements have taken place and will continue to take place,” he revealed.