Niger Delta region leaders have presented 16-point demands to President Muhammadu Buhari, handing out proposals they say would help restore peace to the oil-rich region.
The 16-point demands were presented on Tuesday 2 at a meeting between the leaders and the Mr. President.
Governors and ministers from the region, alongside political leaders including former governor, Victor Attah and Edwin Clark were at the meeting.
The meeting was attended by over a hundred representatives from the Niger delta region.
The President admitted that there were no quick solutions to the region’s problems.
Top on the list is the relocation of the administrative and operational headquarters of major International Oil Companies (IOCs) to the Niger Delta region. The leaders say the decision would hasten the development of the region.
The region’s leaders, under the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Forum, also demanded the clean-up of other communities affected by oil spill, besides Ogoniland.
They also asked for a review of the amnesty programme’s core mandate of providing exit strategy, to ensure that those trained have jobs to return to or are given stipends to live on.
Below are the 16-point demands to President Buhari
- Ownership of oil blocs
- Relocation of headquarters of IOCs to areas of operation
- Review of Amnesty Programme
- Strengthening Niger Delta Ministry
- Approval of Maritime University
- Resettlement of Bakassi indigenes
- Revival of key critical infrastructure
- Restructuring, funding of NDDC
- Economic development, empowerment of N-Delta people
- Introduction of fiscal federalism
- Security surveillance
- Improved power supply
- Protection of oil, gas infrastructure
- Addressing effects of increased military presence in N-Delta
- Meeting immediate needs of IDPs
- Ogoni clean-up; Environmental remediation
culled from: vanguardngr