Minister says violence won’t solve Niger Delta problem

Solomon Chung, Abuja

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the resort to violence will not resolve the Niger Delta issue, hence calling on those disenchanted with the plight of the region to embrace peaceful tools of seeking redress.

The Minister was speaking at the command screening of the action thriller movie ‘Oloibiri’ in Abuja.

”In its essence, ‘Oloibiri’ the movie speaks of the Niger-Delta to us Nigerians; to our essence as humans, as a nation, as students ‘ of history and hopes of our tomorrows. ‘Oloibiri’ in its form points out to us that in addressing wrongs, the place of diplomacy can never be successfully replaced with violence; for the violent creates victims of himself and others, and in all of these it is the land
who loses precious citizens,”
he explained.

He said the present Administration, in laying a strong foundation for the speedy development of the Niger Delta, has begun the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland, which was launched in June.

Alhaji Mohammed also noted that the Nigerian Government has commissioned the Central Ogbia Regional Water Supply Project in Bayelsa, as part of efforts to complete all abandoned water projects to improve livelihood.

Among those who witnessed the command screening of the film were the Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed, Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, Minister of State for Environment Ibrahim Usman Jibril and the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Paul Boro.

Also in attendance were some of the stars who featured in the movie, including Mr. Olu Jacobs and Mrs Taiwo Ajayi Lycett.

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