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MINISTER OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES, DR IBE KACHIKWU  (M); THE EBENANAOWEI OF OGULAGHA KINGDOM,  KING JOSEPH  TIMIYAN (3RD-L); THE PARAMOUNT RULER OF SEIMBIRI KINGDOM, DR CHARLES AYEMI-BOTU (3RD-R);  KING JAJA OF OPOBO, DR DANDESON DOUGLAS (2ND-R);  AND OTHER  NIGER-DELTA MONARCHS DURING THEIR COURTESY CALL ON THE MINISTER IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (25/8/16). 9575/25/8/2016/TA/BJO/NAN

MINISTER OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES, DR IBE KACHIKWU (M); THE EBENANAOWEI OF OGULAGHA KINGDOM, KING JOSEPH TIMIYAN (3RD-L); THE PARAMOUNT RULER OF SEIMBIRI KINGDOM, DR CHARLES AYEMI-BOTU (3RD-R); KING JAJA OF OPOBO, DR DANDESON DOUGLAS (2ND-R); AND OTHER NIGER-DELTA MONARCHS DURING THEIR COURTESY CALL ON THE MINISTER IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (25/8/16).
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The Niger Delta Coastal States’ Monarchs on Thursday gave six conditions for the Federal Government to achieve and sustain the peace in the region.

Williston Okirika, the Bolowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, read out the conditions on behalf of the chiefs when they visited the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe kachikwu, on Thursday.

“We wish to state here that as a matter of urgency, the Federal Government should appoint or constitute a Federal Government Dialogue Team.

Release of 10 innocent school children arrested by the Nigerian Army on May 28th in Oporoza and others in detention on trumped up charges.

Return of the Golden Sword, being the symbol of authority of the Gbaramato traditional institution,” he said.

Other conditions he said, included return of the three traditional council speed boats in custody of the Nigerian army.

He added there must be cessation of hostilities perpetrated by the military in the Niger Delta Region.

“Equally important, the Federal Government should make a categorical statement about the opening of the Maritime University- Okerenkoko, Delta, for academic activities in 2016 /2017 session,” he said.

He assured that the monarchs would continue to support every effort that would help bring peace and sanity in the region.

Responding, Kachikwu commended the monarchs for the visit and said that restoring peace in the region was imperative.

He said the ceasefire announced by the Niger Delta Avengers was a welcome development, adding that every effort must be made to sustain it.

He said that it was unfortunate that after the announcement it was heard that pipeline in Nembe community was vandalised and the country lost about 150 barrels of oil and a high quantity of gas.

“This inability to stay steadfast creates military intervention because government cannot seat down and watch production go down.

The president has shown a lot of patience and believed that engaging the communities is the best model.

You should continue to reach out to others to ensure total ceasefire because as production goes down, it affects both states in tackling the financial burdens,” he said.

Kachikwu said that Federal Government had spent about $40 billion in refurbishing the region in the last 10 years.

He said that there was the need for the money to be applied in the proper way to ensure development.

He urged the people and royal fathers to ensure that monies were channeled in the proper way for the region.

He said that government was ready to always support a positive course for the region as it had lost 50 per cent of its revenue to drop in oil price and worsen by militants operations.

Presently, production has reduced from 1.6 million barrel per day to 1.4 million; may translate to 60% down in revenue generation.

“The people that pay the biggest price for militancy is the Niger Delta, time has come to engage in solid dialogue and everybody has a role to play. Ceasefire must stay to enable the military stop interference, we must find positive way to solve the problem of the region,” he said

Photo Credit: NAN PHOTO

5 Comments

  1. ceetoo

    August 25, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Ah…I weep. see conditions…Things that should have just been jare to maniful conditions. speedboat? sword? hissss. it is a pity. They should have asked for 3 bottles of ogogoro join to make it perfect 7 conditions

  2. nnenne

    August 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Nigeria needs a national dialog , period.
    Whatever, happened to the national conference. Why are we not implementing its recommendations?

  3. surenaija

    August 25, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Hmmmmmm Nigeria na wah ooo

  4. Lala

    August 26, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Bellanaija, point of correction, these are Ijaw kings from the Niger Delta making requests and are in no way representatives of the entire oil producing ethnicities of the Niger Delta. There are others like the itsekiri’s, the isoko’s, a few urhobo oil producing communities, then Eket areas, Ilaje’s in Ondo state, Rivers- mainly ijaws, parts of Edo state, etc.
    For the benefit of others, I thought it necessary to clarify that the kings above do not represent the Niger Delta, just the Ijaw nations
    . The other tribes dont make noise and blow up stuff and kill people. They choose dialogue. For example, it was chief Rita Lori Ogbebor, who led constant negotiations in Abuja that led Obasanjo to sign and implement the 13% derivation – which is additional moneys paid to ALL oil producing states to develop those communities producing oil in each state.
    XX…

  5. amaka

    August 26, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Are these the only conditions for there to be peace? Seems too easy. U mean it’s only because of all these things that there has been destruction of pipelines?

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