The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu says the government is committed to finding solutions to the problems in the Niger Delta region.
He says dialogue is on between the government and the people of the region in order to curb the violence and vandalism in the region, Vanguard reports.
“We are looking at a long term model and I have presented to Mr President a road-map and it encompasses short, long term solutions, engagement and inclusiveness of the communities. We absolutely believe that the Niger Delta is key to the country, they have contributed so much in very many ways but the society has failed them,” the Minister says.
“And I use the word, society, not necessarily government because if you look at what has been provided over the years, it’s a lot and some of them have not got it right for certain reasons like corruption at different levels. We need to begin to look on how these benefits will get to them, so, let everybody be calm, destruction of oil assets doesn’t lead you anywhere.”
That said. President Buhari says the military may resume it’s operation in the region since militants are still attacking oil facilities thereby affecting the nation’s oil income.
The President said this at the at the Passing out Parade of Cadets of the 63 regular course of the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, in Kaduna
“For the avoidance of doubt, let me state that other options are still open including decisive military action, if necessary, to deal with the criminal elements disguised in ethnic regalia to sabotage the country largely for their selfish and parochial interests,” he says.