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Gov Wike urges Niger Delta militants to embrace dialogue


Wike urges Niger Delta militants to embrace dialogue

Rivers  State  Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  has  called on Niger-Delta  Militants  to embrace dialogue  as the blowing  up  of oil facilities  is negatively  affecting  the  nation’s  economy. 

Picture:  Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  receiving an award from the President of  ONELGA Youths Consultative Council,  Mr Kingsley Ogumike on Friday at the Government House, Port Harcourt

He also   accused Nigerian Agip Oil Company of being responsible  for some of the conflicts  in the area, stating that should Agip continue to act against  the  security  of  the  state, the  state government  will revoke the  certificate  of  occupancy of the  oil company. 

The  governor  also  stated that the destruction of oil  installations  also damage  the environment which  will negatively  impact host communities. 

He spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday when he received  the  Ogba/Ndoni/Egbema Local Area (ONELGA )  Youths Consultative Council  (OYCC).

He said that  should  the oil production  continue  to  drop, the  nation will face crisis, hence the  need for the restoration  of  peace through negotiation and dialogue. 

He said : “If the oil production  continues to drop, this country will be in crisis.  Blowing  up oil facilities  also has negative  effect  on  our environment.  There is need for the dialogue  to go on.

“I believe  in one united Nigeria and it is in our interest to have peace for development “.

Governor  Wike  added that the  Niger Delta  State Governors should be involved in the process for the award of pipeline  contracts for  the  identification  of  clean groups without  links to cultists. 

He  commended  the  OYCC  for promoting peace in ONELGA,  which is   the highest oil producing local government  in the country. 

The governor  assured  the people of  ONELGA  that his administration  will  execute more development projects in the area.  He added that the people also benefit  from the  entrepreneurial  loan scheme of his administration  for small businesses. 

Earlier, President  of  OYCC,  Mr Kingsley Ogumike praised Governor  Wike  for executing developmental  projects in the area and appointing  indigenes of the area into key positions. 

They appealed to the governor to always invest in the security  of  the  local government  area. He assured  the  governor  of  the  support  of  the  youths in the area.

Simeon Nwakaudu

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media

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