Governor Wike urges Niger Delta militants to embrace dialogue


By; Chuks Malford, Port Harcourt.
Rivers  State  Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  has  called on Niger-Delta  Militants  to embrace dialogue  as the blowing  up  of oil facilities  is negatively  affecting  the nation’s  economy.
He also   accused Nigerian Agip Oil Company of being responsible  for some of the conflicts  in the area, stating that should Agip continue to act against  the  security  of the state, the  state government  will revoke the  certificate  of occupancy of the  oil company.
The governor also  stated that the destruction of oil installations  also damage  the environment which will negatively  impact host communities.
He spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt when he received the  Ogba/Ndoni/Egbema Local Area (ONELGA ) Youths Consultative Council  (OYCC).
He said that should the oil production continue to drop, the nation will face crisis, hence the need for the restoration of peace through negotiation and dialogue.
“If the oil production continues to drop, this country will be in crisis.  Blowing up oil facilities also has negative effect on our environment.  There is need for the dialogue to go on.
“I believe in one united Nigeria and it is in our interest to have peace for development “.
Wike added that the Niger Delta  State Governors should be involved in the process for the award of pipeline  contracts for  the identification  of  clean groups without  links to cultists.
He commended the OYCC  for promoting peace in ONELGA, which is  the highest oil producing local government  in the country.
The governor assured the people of  ONELGA  that his administration  will  execute more development projects in the area.  He added that the people also benefit from the  the entrepreneurial  loan scheme of his administration  for small businesses.
Earlier, President of OYCC, Mr Kingsley Ogumike praised Governor Wike for executing developmental projects in the area and appointing indigenes of the area into key positions.
They appealed to the governor to always invest in the security of the local government area. He assured the governor of the support of the youths in the area.


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