Eminent personalities, leaders and stakeholders from the Niger Delta under the auspices of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, who earlier today met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja have presented a 16-point demand to him.
The forum said the 16 point demands were where “quick wins” could be achieved to restore hope and confidence in a region that has “grown skeptical of dialogue and engagements that have hardly produced tangible results”.
The demands include allocation of oil blocs to indigenes of the Niger Delta, maritime university, end to military occupation of communities and proper funding of the amnesty programme.
The demands also include extension of Ogoniland clean-up to other areas of the region, employment opportunities for trained ex-militants and support for internally displaced persons in the region.
Other demands are relocation of international oil companies that have their head offices in Lekki and other places outside the Niger Delta, back to their areas of operations, infrastructural development, manpower and human resources development, federalism, among others.
Addressing State House correspondents after the two-hour closed-door meeting with the president, frontline Ijaw leader and former federal commissioner for information, Chief Edwin Clark, said they were well-received by Buhari.
While stressing that they were not at the Presidential Villa for a battle with the president, Chief Clark pointed out that the meeting was a combination of all interest groups in the Niger Delta.
“We have no other country than Nigeria. We cannot continue to destroy the assets of the country and the ecosystem of our environment”, he stated.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said Buhari told the stakeholders that he did not want a quick solution but wanted to dig into what the real problems of the Niger Delta were.
Those that attended the meeting include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, some governors, ministers and other political appointees from the Niger Delta region.
The affected governors are those from Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and deputy governor of Rivers.
Others are Service Chiefs, Inspector-General of Police Idris Ibrahim and Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, as well as traditional rulers and representatives of militant groups.
Also in attendance were former governors, civil rights activists and community leaders from the Niger Delta region.
They include Victor Attah, Timi Alaibe, Diette Spiff, Ledum Mitee, Florence Ita-Giwa, Tony Uranta, Nkoyo Toyo, Ewa Henshaw, Seminatri Bozimo and Roland Owei.
Ministers that attended the meeting were those of Niger Delta Affairs, Interior, Justice, Transport, Budget and National Planning as well as Minister of State for Health.
The Chairmen, Senate and House of Representatives committees on Upstream, Downstream as well as Niger Delta were also in the meeting.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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