The federal government has constituted two groups to dialogue with militants who have been attacking oil pipelines in the Niger Delta region wit a view to resolving the crisis.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh, (rtd.) during a meeting with stakeholders of the Amnesty Programme and the region in Abuja.
Boroh who hinted that the establishment of the two teams was working in accordance with expectations as shown by the current calm in the restive region, said government was adopting a ‘multitrack’ approach involving all the people in the region because of the importance of information to the resolution of the resource-based conflict.
The presidential aide explained that the meeting was convened to discuss the upsurge of militancy in the Niger Delta which had affected the economy of the country and the need to enthrone peace and stabilise the area.
Expressing hope that there would be positive development about the economy in view of the current steps being taken, he said that the Amnesty Office would collaborate effectively with security agencies to ensure that the region was stabilised.
Boroh said, “It is important to say that the office is aware of what is happening now. And there are two groups that have been established to interface between the aggrieved persons and the Federal Government. And it is going on appropriately, it is going on very well and that is why there is some cool and calm.”
Also speaking, leader of the delegation, Ogoriba who pointed out that there was a ceasefire in the region because the group was interfacing with the people involved in the crisis asked the federal government to show commitment to the peace process by setting up a dialogue team for the militants to come up with their own.