In its effort to provide a potent solution for pipeline vandalism in Niger-Delta State, the Federal Government is considering opening dialogue with the militants, who reportedly have been responsible for every pipeline’s wreckage across the oil owned state.
The Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed cum the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who disclosed the intention during an interactive session with a coalition of civil societies in Lagos, stressed that nefarious activities of militants is currently sabotaging efforts being made by the government to revamp the nation’s economy.
Mohammed while lamenting the situation said there was no other solution to the issues happening in Niger Delta other than engaging them in meaningful dialogue.
Kachikwu said the government has realized that warring against the militants would to bring solution to the problem.
“The military barrels cannot stop or solve problem of militancy in the Niger–Delta region. I will have to go back to my brothers, they are our brothers we will go and dialogue with them,” Kachikwu said.
He further said the continued audit of the country’s daily fuel consumption resulted in weeding out 10 million liters of fake petroleum products that was daily subsidized by the previous administration.
Kachikwu lamented that the fund spent in subsidizing the pretentious consumption daily could have been used by the Federal Government to fix the refineries, roads and other basic amenities across the country which would have helped improve the Nigeria’s economy.