President Muhammadu Buhari hosted representatives of several agitators from the Niger Delta region at the presidential villa in Abuja on Today.
The group was led by Chief Edwin Clark, who seem to be a principal representative of Niger Delta Avengers.
Avengers had copiously stated that any Negotiation with the government must include the Edwin Clark, while MEND had always insisted on having Tompolo.
Speaking at the end of the meeting, minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said the group made a frank presentation to the president.
Below is a synopsis of the 16 points the elders presented to the federal government to wit:
- Economic development and empowerment: they want Brass LNG and fertilizer plant project including the Train 7 implemented, reviewing and updating the national gas master plan to integrate the economic interests and industrialization of the region, creating a Niger Deltaa industrial corridor that would process some portions of the bat hydrocarbon natural resources, expediting work on the export processing zones, harnessing the huge rain-fed agricultural potentials of the area through the development of farms estates, fishery development projects and Agro-Allied industrial clusters etc.
- Law and Justice issues: In view of the insecurity 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.
- The effect of increased military presence in the Niger Delta: The increased presence of military personnel in the region has resulted in invasion of communities, displacement of persons, harassment and other firms of human rights abuse. They want government de-escalate and reduce military build up in the region.
- Internally displaced persons: They want relevant government agencies to take urgent measures to meet their immediate needs of those displaced by upsurge of insecurity in the region.