The Federal Government has commenced consultations with Governors and community leaders in the oil rich Niger Delta region.
According to the President’s Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, the move by the government is aimed at restoring peace in the troubled region.
Enang in a statement made available to newsmen, said:
The federal government officials, at the moment, are in their various states talking not only to their state governors but aggrieved persons on the way of resolving the problems arising from bombing of oil installations in the Niger Delta region.
The Minister of Niger Delta, the Minister of Interior, the Coordinator of the Amnesty Office have been taking actions consistent with their powers and what I know, is that almost all the ministers and officers from the Niger Delta region have returned to their respective states.
They are in their respective zones and their respective blocs to talk to their leaders and their aggrieved persons on the need for us to maintain peace.
That is going on and they are the representatives of Mr. President. So, I will not tell you what Mr. President wants to do in person but these are officers and offices which are dealing with this matter.
What I know they have done, which some of us are involved in doing by virtue of coming from that zone and by virtue of working with them, is been telling our people that the economy of the people is bleeding and the nation is haemorrhaging and that we cannot, given the low price of oil, go on certain actions that will further reduce the earnings of Nigeria.
We have lost the earnings in terms of price, so we shouldn’t lose earnings in terms of production. I am sure that you are aware that we budgeted 2.2 million barrel per day and production few weeks ago, lowered to 1.4 million per day and it is climbing to 1.6 and 1.7 per day million per day and that is capable of affecting the money expected from oil.
These are the things we are preaching to our people and preaching to the governors of our respective states.
Meanwhile, the Niger Delta Avengers have promised to unleash mayhem in the region till the government meets their demands.