Oil production: FG intensifies peace effort in N/Delta communities

Crude oil production has risen steadily in the past one year and has stabilized around two million barrels per day which has in turn led to Nigeria’s exit from economic recession.

According to the Downstream View, the rise in oil production could be directly attributed to reduced restiveness in the oil rich Niger Delta as a result of several peace moves by the Federal Government.

Mindful of this and also determined to entrench permanent peace in the region, the government through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has in the past few weeks initiated close interactions with communities in the region.

One of those dialogues took officials of the ministry to the sleepy village of Ulemon, Eyekoba, close to Benin City, the capital of Edo State where community leaders, women groups, youth groups, civil society organisations and state government representatives engaged with federal government officials.

In his keynote address at the meeting, the Minister  of  State, Niger  Delta Affairs, Professor Claudius Daramola reiterated  government’s determination  to engage   Niger  Delta  stakeholders    through   continuous  dialogues for  sustained  security, peace  and  development  of  the region in particular and  the  country in general.

Daramola who  was  represented  by the  Director  of  Press  in  the  Ministry, Mr. Marshall  Gundu said the dialogue was designed  to  enlighten  the  populace  on  government programmes,  projects  and  policies  geared  toward  securing  and developing  the  Niger Delta  region  on  a  sustainable  basis. “It also  serves  as  a  feedback  mechanism  for  the  ministry  and  our key  stakeholders,” he added.

Daramola noted that various Federal Government’s strategies targeted at maintenance of peace and order in the oil rich region tend to achieve more when stakeholders are adequately sensitized about government programmes with the current increase in Nigeria’s oil production capacity as a good example.

Nigeria’s oil production capacity has grown in the past one year to about 1.8 million barrels per day following relative peace in the Niger Delta region.

The Minister reiterated government determination  to engage  Niger  Delta  stakeholders through  continuous  dialogues for  sustained  security, peace  and  development  of  the  Niger Delta  region  and  the  country.

Professor Daramola also added that the dialogue strategy has  the capability  to  mitigate  some  hydra-headed  agitations  that  keep re-occurring  in  some  communities  within  the  region.

The minister said that the goal of government was  to  create a  conducive  atmosphere  for  investments, stability  and socio-economic  well-being  of  the  Niger Delta  region.