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Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed Urges Niger Delta Avengers to Embrace Dialogue

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United Nations, Special Advisor on Post 2015 Development Planning Amina J. Mohammed

Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment

The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has called on the militant group Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to embrace dialogue, saying that their activities may cripple the economy now, but they will bear the brunt in the long run

According to Channels TV, the minister said that the act of blowing up oil installations is not only criminal but its impact on the environment cannot be quantified.

“Today, over 60% of the pollution in the Niger Delta are third party breaks. It is criminal.

This is not being done by people coming from the outside, this is being done by people doing this to themselves.

This is not a short term wound, this is a very deep wound because when you open up oil to your environment, it takes decades to get that back.

So its not just a question of what you do to the economy in the short term. If the economy fixes itself with the diversification, what have you done to your land? Young people need to understand.

Please come to the table and dialogue, because the alternative that you have chosen is a wrong path for you, your future and your environment,” Amina said.

6 Comments

  1. CovertNigerian

    May 31, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Wise words by an intelligent woman, wasted on criminally minded urchins that are only interested in their own selfish ends.
    Sometimes I wish Nigeria could shut down oil production TOTALLY for a couple of years and let everyone find their level.

  2. Art

    June 1, 2016 at 2:09 am

    All the while the people the people of the Niger delta pursued their cause through dialogue and non violence the federal government didn’t take them seriously, in fact the Abacha govt. killed Ken Saro Wiwa and other prominent Ogoni Sons in 1994 ( of which Buhari was part of that govt. ). what about Issac Adaka Boro who had given up his violent struggle and decided to work with the Nigerian state, didn’t they kill him ( Issac Boro left UNN. was doing a non violent struggle for the soul of the Niger Delta until when he realized that violence is the only language the Northern hegemonic class understands). It is taking the federal government 22 long years to begin the clean up of Ogoni, and i think that if not for the fact that the GEJ regime started the process of the Ogoni clean up, I bet you that this government too would have carried on without giving a two bit about Ogoni or any part of the Niger Delta. And if you ask me I’ll tell you that this government is only playing politics with the issue of Ogoni, I just hope I’m proven wrong. Some people have been labelling the Niger Delta people are lazy and ogogoro drinkers that are just making unnecessary noise because their brother lost an election, (where is Boko Haram today that frustrated GEJ’s govt. and the Chibok girls are coming out from where they were hidded in batches of two’s, did i hear someone call me a conspiracy theorist ) and I say put yourself in the shoes of these people and see if you would not be agitated, you suffer pollution on a daily basis and your livelihood taken away from you, while another man enjoys the wealth from your pain. The oil that is in your back yard someone from miles and miles away lays claim to its ownership can you imagine that. I for one do not support violence and blowing up of of crude oil pipe lines as a means to the end of the neglect and injustices carried out on the people of the Niger Delta by the federal govt. (in collaboration with greedy politicians from the region) because the environment would suffer further degradation. I think justice needs to be done fast by passing the PIB into law and the Implementation of the resolutions of the 2014 national confab in oder to write the wrongs else we would continue to go round in circles in this country.

    • Nope

      June 1, 2016 at 8:50 am

      “while another man enjoys the wealth from your pain.”

      Art, but do the oil producing states not receive a 13% derivation allocation (greater than other non-oil producing states). My question is what have the states done with all that money? Before we look afar, let us start with our immediate environment – they need to hold THEIR leaders accountable before facing FG. Already they receive a greater share than other states, if they receive 50% it will still be in the same situation because there is zero accountability.

  3. Art

    June 1, 2016 at 2:15 am

    as lazy

  4. Anon

    June 1, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Hmmmm! @ Nigeria shutting down oil production totally! These urchins own both the land and oil well so if your Nigeria leaves totally, other companies from other countries will go in and do business with them! One needs caution and wisdom in this issue and not ” this by force” attitude from the govt. Besides the oil is theirs!

  5. NL Comment

    June 1, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Niger-Delta has the following benefits from the FEDERATION;
    ● NDDC
    ● LGA Allocation
    ● 13% Derivation
    ● Statutory Allocation
    ● Amnesty Programme
    ● Environmental Cleanup initiative.
    ● Niger Delta Federal Ministry
    ● NASS Constituency Projects Allocation
    ● Federal Government Projects such as in 2016 Budget

    It is clear this is not about allocating MORE to them but rather they making good use of what they already have, which is not little imho.

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