Sunday, 9 October 2016

Dialogue between Federal Government and Niger Delta Militants still Ongoing - Ibe Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Saturday said that the proposed dialogue between the Federal Government and the Niger Delta is still on.
According to the Punch News, the Minister said, “the dialogue has not collapsed, I have led that process and the president is very supportive of it. What I think the president does not want to do is to put in place same old models that have failed and which after four months, the militants will return to the creeks. We are looking at long-term models.’’
Source said, the Minister made this statement on Saturday while speaking with journalists at the 2016 convocation of the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State, South-South Nigeria Where he acted as a visitor to the institute.
In his statement he said, the Federal Government was considering other road maps that would bring permanent peace to the region.
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said aside the proposed open dialogue with the militants; he had also been reaching out to the aggrieved youth in the Niger Delta Region through Secondary means. The Minister also said it was the reason for the relative peace and halting of further attacks on oil facilities noticeable in the region in recent months.
According to the Punch News, Kachikwu also asked the institution to give employment to three best students in the Ordinary National Diploma OND and Higher National diploma HND, programmes.

Furthermore, the Principal of the Petroleum Training Institution, Prof. Sunny Iyuke, told guest that the institution would be collaborating with the Wits University, South Africa to begin Post Graduate Programmed PGD in fields related to Oil and Gas.