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Avengers threat: Delta govt. calls for dialogue

Ben Dunno, Warri

Deputy Governor of Delta State, Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, has called on the Niger Delta Avengers to sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue in finding solutions to issues that led to its latest threats of attacks on oil installations.

This was in reaction to last week’s threat by the militant body to resume hostilities on the nation’s critical oil over Federal Government refusal to consider the overwhelming clamour for restructuring and the continued incarceration of Niger Delta freedom fighters in various prisons across the country by the security operatives.

Otuaro, who also doubled as the Chairman of the Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Vandalism of Oil and Gas Facilities, alongside his team said it has extended invitation to the NDA, asking the militant body to formally lodge their grievances to Governor’s office Annexe, Warri or to the Deputy Governor’s Office, Government House, Asaba for subsequent engagement.

Addressing newsmen in Warri, following Avenger’s fresh threat, Otuaro said: “As agitators, we must be mindful not to cancel out the modest gains already made through the dialogue process with the Federal Government which is still on course.

“The House of Representatives will soon pass the Nigerian Maritime University Bill to law as the Senate did last year. The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) was also just passed. These are few pointers among others of better things to come,” Otuaro said.

“The Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Vandalism of Oil and Gas Facilities which I chair, just concluded a 2-day Conference on securing oil installations in Delta State. Conference drew attendance from oil companies, government bodies and communities from both Itsekiri and Ijaw Kingdoms in the riverside areas of the state.

“To underscore the importance of the conference, the Country Chair/Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Company (SPDC), Mr. Osagie Okunbor, personally attended and delivered the keynote address”, Otuaro said.

“Among several issues, Conference resolved that oil bearing communities must be engaged to better protect oil installations. It was agreed that oil installations vandalism was criminal and shooting self and future generations in the foot, having regard to concomittant  environmental despoliation and loss of revenue for development of the region”, Otuaro informed.

“At a post-conference press briefing in Warri, the Advocacy Committee hinted of arrangements to reach higher platforms to engage authorities of key issues raised at the conference towards resolving same. We have made contacts and gotten responses; I can tell you that there is yet no reason to be pessimistic”, Otuaro added.

“Delta State Government efforts at peace for development of the oil bearing areas is without prejudice to other groups and bodies in commendable nonviolent agitation for the improvement of the Niger Delta region”, Otuaro clarified, adding: “Experience shows that we can achieve more through dialogue than by violence”.

“It is not only the Federal Government that needs the oil revenue to develop the entire nation. We also need revenue that ensures the modest development we can bring about. While we deserve more, we cannot endanger the environment for survival of our generation, let alone  future generations”, he stated.

 

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 24th January 2018 at 2:42 pm

    No negotiations, no dialogue. Fulani criminal terrorists Political Control over this territory of the natives is over- which must be accomplished in the ongoing Bloody Political War in Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics. No oil, gas, revenue etc. should again go to the enemy- fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria. Destroy every strategic facility etc to crush the enemy. Liberation of the natives has come, Freedom of the natives has come under the natives Disintegrated Republics which must be defended in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 24th January 2018 at 2:55 pm

    The brainwashed illiterate fools nickname military, police etc. are criminal war mercenaries of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria- Slaughter them on your God given native land, Annihilate them, Erase them, Burn them down. God given Liberation has come, God given Freedom has come under the natives Disintegrated Republics which must be defended with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. God Is With Us!!!

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