Indications emerged that the Nigerian government may have kowtow to agitations in the oil rich Niger Delta as an official said there is an agreement in place now to end the campaign of bombings which is crippling Nigeria’s oil output.
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger-Delta Matters and Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh rtd, who disclosed this at the end of a meeting he convened in Benin, told journalists on Saturday night that the pipeline vandalism in the Niger-Delta was reducing the economic fortune of the country and inflicting pains on Nigerians.
Reports monitored by The WHISTLER quoted Boroh as urging the agitators to dialogue with the relevant authorities over their grievances and shun destruction of oil installations and assured that plans were in the pipeline to provide the ex-militants with welfare and a housing scheme in addition to the existing programme and projects.
“Personally it makes me feel bad that we don’t know how to solve our problem.
“To you my comrades, it is our responsibility to make sure that insecurity in our environment is well sorted out. Please let us do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t occur again.
“We have all resolved that we will put our heads and hands and all in all together to prevent the re-occurrence of this type of thing,” he expressed optimism.
He assured oil firms in the country that the Federal Government is dedicated to end the problems associated with bombing.
“Collectively we (Federal Government and ex-militants) have agreed to work as a team to prevent re-occurrence.
“We feel bad that it is happening, it is affecting our economy and it is affecting development and we are very concern about it.”
It is however unclear if the Niger Delta Avengers are part of the agreement.