Expert applauds Niger Delta 20 point agenda

Salamatu Ejembi, Lagos

Nigerian government seeks permanent peace in the Niger Delta with its 20-point agenda.

The proposed 20-point agenda of the ministry of petroleum resources has received commendation.

An expert in energy research, Dolapo Oni of the EcoBank Energy Research Group says “the agenda will take a different dimension this time around, as it seems to inculcate more intense and personal approach.”

Conclusive agreement
Mr Oni said that it would give all parties the platform to reach a more conclusive agreement.

The 20-point agenda unveiled by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu aimed at “instituting permanent peace in the Niger Delta oil-producing region.”

It is titled: ‘Oil sector militancy challenges: Road map to closure’.

The 20-point agenda include; engagement town hall meetings; inter-agency collaboration; ring-fenced state approach; security hold hands; peace and investment on state basis; focused investments in gas-to-power; incentive for peace scheme; massive civil infrastructure revamp; and Niger Delta Development Fund Initiative.

Militancy
Oni, however, said that although the militants have reasons for their actions, but should not be carried away with their acts as government was now focusing on meeting their needs.

“The different funds and institutions set up by the Nigerian government in an effort to end militancy in the Niger-Delta region has yielded little success,’’ he stated.

Mercy Chukwudiebere