Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has asked the elite in the Niger Delta Region to take proactive measures to end the renewed attacks by militants on the oil and gas installations in the region.
The Vice President made the call at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while receiving a delegation of Niger Delta People Congress, who presented him with a new list of demands, in addition to a list of 16 demands, earlier Presented to President Buhari by the region’s elders last November.
Osinbajo, who noted that there has always been crisis in the region, says it will end if the region’s elite want it to end.
The new list of demands, according to the group secretary, Professor Benjamin Okaba, include the resource Control, Political Restructuring, withdrawal of military personnel from Niger Delta Region, release of detained militants, and the relocation of headquarters of major oil companies to the region.
Other fresh demands from the region are the creation of 6,000 new jobs, the release of N800 billion allocation arrears to the Niger Delta Development Commission, the building of modular refineries, and hospitals for treatment of oil pollution victims, the establishment of internally displaced camp for people in Gbaramatu Kingdom and Bakassi Peninsula.