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Why FG Wants Dialogue With Attackers Of Chevron Oil Platform

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Posted: May 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



In the wake of recent tensions in the Niger Delta and the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to the amred forces to apprehend those behind the sabottage of opil and gas facilities in the region, the Federal Government has taken a carrot-and-stick approach to bring the situation under comtrol, even as the Joint Military Force goes after suspects and patrols installations in the affected areas.

Paul Boroh, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, on Friday addressed the attackers of the Chevron oil platform in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, asking them to embrace dialogue and the existing Amnesty Programme.

A new militant group known as the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) claimed responsibility for last week’s attack on the oil facility, just as it claimed it was responsible for the vandalism of the Forcados pipeline some weeks ago, and threatened to ground Nigeria’s economy if the government does not respond to its demand.

The loss of the Forcados pipeline, before it was repaired almost two weeks after, led to severe blackouts and shortage of petroleum products because it was a vital trunk line in the nation’s oil and gas network.

Boroh made the position of the Federal Government known while addressing journalists in Abuja.

“Pipeline vandalism is an avoidable self-inflicted agony. It is unreasonable to engage in such criminal activity not only because of the resultant economic effect on the country but particularly as it also negatively affects the Niger Delta environment.

“The act of vandalising pipelines is counter-productive apart from it being a crime against the state. Those involved in this nefarious activity are economic and environmental saboteurs. It will do well for them to refrain from it, as my office is always open to dialogue regardless of their grievances.

“The federal government already has in place a well-structured reintegration programme for youths of the region, which has helped in maintaining the peace and stabilising security of the region.

“The Amnesty Programme has made militancy unattractive in the region mainly because of the government’s sincerity and commitment to the programme.

“The proper thing is for those behind such activity to embrace dialogue,” he said.