The Federal Government has agreed to work out
a common and united strategy with states in the
Niger Delta and oil production host communities
in tackling the recent resurgent militant attacks
on the nation’s oil installations.
This was the outcome of a meeting chaired by
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was
attended by the governors of Delta, Bayelsa,
Ondo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Abia and the
Deputy Governor of Cross River State. Also in
attendance were all the service chiefs and the
Minister of Defence, Minister of State for
Petroleum Resources and the Minister of the
Niger Delta Affairs.
According to a statement issued by the Senior
Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the
Vice President, Laolu Akande, the federal
government is proceeding on a collaborative
strategy with the governments, communities in
the Niger Delta region and other relevant
stakeholders towards tackling the situation
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, who
briefed State House Correspondents at the end of
the meeting, was quoted as saying that the
meeting identified the need for synergy between
the federal and the state governments as a very
important step going forward. Speaking further on the collaboration, Governor
Okowa said: “One thing that we have identified
is that synergy between the federal government
and states is very important and this meeting
has actually revealed a lot of issues and we
believe that the collaboration between the
Federal Government and States would help us to
tackle the issues in the Niger Delta”
He also revealed that a lot of decisions were
taken at the meeting after they were briefed by
Service Chiefs.
He said: “We have taken a lot of decisions which
we think will help us to mitigate what is going
on currently in the states, particularly in Delta
and Bayelsa. We are going to find a solution very
He also disclosed that the meeting agreed that
military presence in the region should be de-
escalated, but kept to provide security and
presence while government begins immediate
engagement process with the communities in the
affected areas.

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