Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Peace initiative with President Buhari: Niger Delta lists 16 demands

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday at the State House in Abuja held a high-level meeting with leaders and other stakeholders to seek ways to end the militancy and the sabotage of oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta region. While welcoming the 16-point request presented for negotiation by the Niger Delta leaders, President Buhari said he was still expecting reports from officials he had instructed to review the implementation of the Amnesty program to determine where government fell short so that amends can be made. See the demands below; 

1. The Presidential Amnesty Programme.
2. Law and Justice issues: In view of the security situation in the Niger Delta, a number of pending law and justice issues regarding some aggrieved groups and individuals are yet to be resolved. It is important to address these issues urgently as a step towards lasting peace.
3. The effect of increased military presence in the Niger Delta.
4. Plight of internally displaced persons.
5. Ogoni clean-up and environmental remediation.
6. The Maritime University Issue.
7. Key regional critical infrastructure.
8. Security surveillance and protection of oil and gas infrastructure.
9. Relocation of Administrative and Operational Headquarters of IOCs.
10. Power supply.
11. Economic development and empowerment.
12. Inclusive participation in oil industry and ownership of oil blocs.
13. Restructuring and funding of the NDDC.
14. Restructuring the Niger Delta Ministry.
15. The Bakassi Question.
16. Fiscal federalism.

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