Bayelsa pledges protection of oil facilities

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson speaking with journalists at the State House Abuja, with him is the Chairman of the state Traditional Rulers Council, Alfred Diete-Spiff.

Bayelsa State government, Southern Nigeria says it will work hard to ensure adequate protection of all National assets located within the State.

The State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson made the pledge while speaking to State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Governor Dickson, who was in the State House in company of the Chairman of the state Traditional Rulers Council, Alfred Diete-Spiff, said it was very important to protect national assets in the state, especially pipelines, to guard against anything that will jeopardize the drilling of oil in the Niger Delta zone of the country.

“The Vice President invited Bayelsa State government and representatives of oil companies operating in the area to discuss on issues government has with the companies regarding taxation but of course we took the opportunity to talk about creating the enabling secure environment for the oil companies to continue with their operations. We are at a time that we cannot afford to have any disruption, not to talk of canalization of critical national assets in our land,” the Governor stated.

Collaborative Effort
Governor Dickson said Governors of all the states in the zone had met earlier and resolved to join hands and also collaborate with the federal government, to ensure peace reigns in the area, where recently there has been apprehension.

“All stakeholders are concerned and we have agreed to continue to work together as partners to ensure that production is not disrupted, at the meeting of South-South Governors in Asaba, Delta State, this issue was discussed and we saw the need for us to work together and collaborate with the federal government was emphasized,” he said.

He stated that the Governors also resolved to meet with President Buhari on the matter, so as to find a permanent solution to the agitations of aggrieved persons in the zone.

“We agreed to have a regional meeting with the President. We are looking forward to a date that will be convenient for the President for all the Niger Delta Governors to have a conversation on how best we can protect strategic national assets in our States and also discuss our common and shared responsibilities on security, law and order in our states,” he said.

The Niger Delta region comprises of oil states where oil is produced in Nigeria and security has been heightened in the area where militants are mobilizing to renew hostilities.

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi osinbajo had a meeting with security chiefs, before meeting with Governor Dickson but details of which were not made known but it is believed that it had something to do with the security situation in the Niger Delta.