The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has appealed to Niger Delta Agitators, member of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) to halt its planned attacks on oil facilities in the region.
According to him, going ahead with the Niger Delta Agitators threat would create economic setback for the country and additional environmental degradation in the area.
Omo-Agege’s appeal came on the heels of recent threats by a coalition of nine militant group in the Niger-Delta region expressing readiness to resume hostilities by attacking oil and gas facilities if federal government did not meet the demands of #EndSars protesters across the country.
Speaking when he hosted a delegation of Oil and Gas Host Communities of Nigeria, (HOSCON) in Abuja, led by elder stateman, Chief Wellington Okrika, the Delta Central lawmaker urged the Niger Delta Agitators to sheath their sword and allow peace to reign, assuring that their demands would be table before the Presidency.
The senator stressed that with the nation still battling with challenges posed by Covid-19 and the aftermath of #EndSars protests which was hijacked by hoodlums, it cannot afford another militancy problem at the moment.
“Whatever it is, we must maintain peace in the Niger Delta. I say this in view of the new agitations by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers.
We are just coming out of the #EndSars protest which, of course, we all witness how a peaceful protest was hijacked by those with sinister agenda.
We are all witnesses to what happened afterwards even when we must acknowledge that in a democracy, protest is a right provided to those that did it so peacefully without abridging the rights of others,” Omo-Agege said.
Speaking further, he urged HOSCON members to go back to our people in the creeks and tell them we are here for them. We are here to campaign their request.
We don’t want the peace of the Niger Delta to be disturbed or disrupted by the Niger Delta Agitators. We are here to protect the interest of our people.
Yes, I may be the Deputy President of the Senate today, but I am first of all, a Senator representing my people. I am here and am your won. I am your eye. We shall not disappoint you.
On the Petroleum industry bill currently before the National Assembly, Omo-Agege argued that the annual contribution of 2.5 per cent actual operating expenditure by oil companied to the Host Community Development Trust Fund would be increased to, at least 5 per cent.
Earlier, Chief Okrika, called on the Deputy President of the Senate to intervene in the issues brought before the federal government concerns the PIB, gas flaring, 13 per cent derivation payment to the states instead of the oil-bearing communities, the N98bn gas flare fund and the controversy surrounding the pipeline surveillance contract.
He lauded the legislative interventions of the senator, adding that members were Impressed with his contributions not only on issues concerning the Niger Delta but his general contributions on matters relating to national discourse. [Niger Delta Agitators]