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Buhari Assures Oil Companies of Enhanced Security in Niger Delta

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President Buhari Receiving Global Director (Upstream), Royal Dutch Shell Group, Andrew Brown

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja assured oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the Federal Government is taking all necessary actions to protect strategic assets in the region from vandals and criminals.

This is contained in a statement signed by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) Garba Shehu.

Speaking at a meeting with the Global Director (Upstream) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Andrew Brown, President Buhari said that he has directed the Chief of Naval Staff to reorganise and strengthen the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta to deal effectively with the resurgence of militancy and the sabotage of oil installations.

The President told Brown that the operations of the JTF were also being enhanced with increased support and cooperation from the United States and Europe in the areas of training, intelligence, equipment and logistics.

“We have to be very serious with the situation in the Niger Delta because it threatens the national economy. I assure you that everything possible will be done to protect personnel and oil assets in the region,” President Buhari said.

The President urged aggrieved persons, militants and communities in the Niger Delta to drop their confrontational stance and work with those who have been charged by the Federal Government to review the Amnesty Programme initiated by the Yar’Adua Administration for the benefit of all parties.

President Buhari praised the resilience and staying power of Shell in Nigeria despite the operational challenges of the environment . He urged the company to do its best to end gas­ flaring in the Niger Delta quickly and produce more gas for electricity generation to support manufacturing and job creation in the country.

Brown had appealed for an urgent solution to rising crime and militancy in the Niger Delta. The Shell Executive also dispelled speculations that the company was pulling out of Nigeria. He said that contrary to such speculations, Shell was currently in discussions with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on new joint oil and gas projects.

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3 Comments

  1. nene+

    May 20, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    See solution? Buhari these guys are not Boko haram fools who were agitating for islamisation of Nigeria!!!!
    These NDA are fighting for a cause call it whatever you like. Keep sending JTF, I only sympathise with the poor individuals and officers of the JTF.

    May Yaradua rest in peace!!!
    Keep threatening!!!

  2. lacey

    May 21, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Buhari thinks or the Northern cabal thinks Niger Deltans are fools? This is a struggle I strongly support! Although I live in the US,but visit Nigeria frequently! Nigeria is a sham! I want avengers to blow all the pipelines so everybody will go back to the basis! Until now no development in the Niger Delta,no infrastructure,no rails for billions of dollars that has been siphoned since 1958.
    There is no Nigeria anymore except this issue is addressed properly! All die na die! Abuja is developed and they produce nothing! We must have 3 built cities like Abuja or good bye to Nigeria! I can move anywhere in the US and still get same amenities! But Nigeria,you must live in Lagos or Abuja for you to see life! It does not make sense anymore let everybody go back to their regions to make money! We are tired! Nigeria must be decentralized for us to have peace!

  3. Fleur

    May 21, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Let me express my stark opinion. Neither Buhari nor anyone can assure any oil company or organization of their ability to operate in communities where the level of material deprivation is so acute suicide, prostitution, all manner of vices are the only alternative to assuring tomorrow. People have reached breaking point. People need hope. Money will help but it wont get rid of the uncertainty that is driving the chaos in the Delta, . Hope does not come from Buhari promising a better tomorrow. Hope is not born of tales of where Nigeria is headed. Hope is premised on personal experience. Hope is what is created when events leading to an outcome you favor seem more likely and in some instances are manifest. What this means is that you have participated in a process of shaping a future that includes you, and you are aware of the very steps that everyone has agreed to in other to implement that future, and you know your role in it, and you have a lot of certainty that when you engage in that role you will be well on the path to what you call success. This is different from handing people large sums of money they cannot manage or building schools without teachers or interacting with criminally minded chiefs on behalf of people the chiefs dont even clearly understand. President Buhari any plan for the Niger Delta that is not developed from the ground up and is not focused on addressing the root causes of the inequities faced by these people will be a bandaid on a gangrenous wound. It is not about compensation or damages for oil exploration, etc. It is about facing an abysmal future and how people can be given a different future.

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