Political office holders, federal government officials and ministers from Niger Delta have been deployed to the region by the Presidency to begin talks of peace and dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers and other militants involved in the persistent destruction of oil pipelines.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, revealed this at a news conference held on Friday.
Enang said the Presidency has no intention of using force to address the problem as it could lead to a further decline in Nigeria’s oil production.
“The federal government officials, at the moment, are in their various states talking not only to their state governors but aggrieved persons on the way of resolving the problems arising from bombing of oil installations in the Niger Delta region.”
“The Minister of Niger Delta, the Minister of Interior, the Coordinator of the Amnesty Office have been taking actions consistent with their powers and what I know, is that almost all the ministers and officers from the Niger Delta region have returned to their respective states.”
“They are in their respective zones and their respective blocs to talk to their leaders and their aggrieved persons on the need for us to maintain peace.”
“That is going on and they are the representatives of Mr. President. So, I will not tell you what Mr. President wants to do in person but these are officers and offices which are dealing with this matter.|
“What I know they have done, which some of us are involved in doing by virtue of coming from that zone and by virtue of working with them, is been telling our people that the economy of the people is bleeding and the nation is hemorrhaging and that we cannot, given the low price of oil, go on certain actions that will further reduce the earnings of Nigeria.”
“We have lost the earnings in terms of price, so we shouldn’t lose earnings in terms of production. I am sure that you are aware that we budgeted 2.2 million barrel per day and production few weeks ago, lowered to 1.4 million per day and it is climbing to 1.6 and 1.7 per day million per day and that is capable of affecting the money expected from oil.”
“These are the things we are preaching to our people and preaching to the governors of our respective states. The Minister of Niger Delta, the Amnesty Office, the Minister of Interior are all carrying these messages to the governors that they should stand up and work and not sit down and watch.”