Tuesday, 7 June 2016

BREAKING NEWS:----FG sets up committee to negotiate with Niger Delta Avengers

FG sets up committee to
negotiate with Niger Delta
Avengers


– Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the minister of
state for Petroleum Resources says the
FG has set up a committee to negotiate
with the militant group
– He says the committee to engage the
militants will be coordinated by the
office of the National Security Adviser
– He says other members of the team
included himself, the minister of Niger
Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru as well as
selected leaders, kings and influential
individuals from the Niger Delta
– He says Nigeria has lost about
600,000 barrels from various attacks of
militants in the Niger Delta area
Following the continued bombing of oil installations
by the Niger Delta Avengers, the federal
government on Monday night, June 6, announced
that it has set up a committee to negotiate with
the militant group.
This was disclosed in a statement by Dr. Ibe
Kachikwu, the minister of state for Petroleum
Resources and Group Managing Director of the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
According to him, the move was aimed at halting
the deadly attacks which had made Nigeria’s oil
production plummet to 1.5 million barrels per day,
The Punch reports.
The FG have announced that it has set up a
committee to negotiate with the Niger Delta
Avengers, over continued bombing of oil
installations.
Kachikwu noted that the team to engage the
militants will be coordinated by the office of the
National Security Adviser. Other members of the
team included himself, the minister of Niger Delta
Affairs, Usani Uguru as well as selected leaders,
kings and influential individuals from the Niger
Delta.



Kachikwu said: “The president has appointed
a team led by the NSA and I serve in one
of those, to begin the process of a very
intensive dialogue with those caught in
the middle of this. I am sure that in the
ensuing one week the intensity of that
dialogue will wrap up.
“The NSA is going to be working with the
various arms of the armed forces to
descale the intensity of military
intervention in the area within a week or
two so that dialogue can take place. We
are making contacts with everybody who
is involved, the ones that we can identify,
through them, the ones that we can’t
identify so that there is a lot more
inclusiveness in this dialogue. Our prayer
is that this works so that we resort to
dialogue rather than use of force.
“Over the last two months, we have
probably lost about 600,000 barrels from
various attacks of militants in the area. In
terms of production, we are roughly at
about 1.5 million to 1.6 million barrels a
day, down from 2.2mbd which is the
basis of this year’s budget and if peace
reigns, obviously between now and
August we will be able to recover
substantial portion of this production so
that the budget doesn’t suffer.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari is
reportedly studying the gazette signed by late
President Umaru Yar’Adua on the Niger Delta crisis
as one of the possible ways of resolving the
growing menace of the Niger Delta Avengers.
The main aim of revisiting the gazette is to ensure
that all the agreements contained in the document
were implemented by the federal government. This
was disclosed by the special adviser to the
president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.