Wike urges militants to embrace dialogue
As Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) intensifies attacks on oil installations, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has urged them to embrace dialogue, saying their activities were negatively affecting the nation’s economy.
Wike also accused the Nigerian Agip Oil Company of being responsible for some of the conflicts in the area, stating that should Agip continue to act against the security of the state, the state government would revoke the certificate of occupancy of the oil company.
The Governor said the destruction of oil installations also damage the environment which would negatively impact host communities.
He spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday when he received the Ogba/Ndoni/Egbema Local Area (ONELGA) Youths Consultative Council (OYCC).
Wike said that should oil production continue to drop, the nation would face crisis, hence the need for the restoration of peace through negotiation and dialogue.
He said: “If oil production continues to drop, this country will be in crisis. Blowing up oil facilities also has negative effect on our environment. There is need for the dialogue to go on. I believe in one united Nigeria and it is in our interest to have peace for development.”
He commended the OYCC for promoting peace in their area, which is the highest oil producing local government in the country.
The governor assured the group that his administration would execute more development projects in the area.