GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has condemned the recent attacks on the oil and gas facilities across the state and called on all citizens of the state to cooperate with the security agencies to unmask the criminals behind the attack. In a statement signed by Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, his chief press secretary, the governor urged the security agencies to intensify their surveillance over the oil facilities.
Okowa pledged the commitment of his administration to support all measures that would restore the confidence of all stakeholders in the oil and gas industry operating in Delta State. “These attacks should be condemned by all well meaning Nigerians, particularly compatriots from Niger Delta. This is an attack on our soul. The state is bleeding again and its implication for the economy and image of Delta State grave,” he said.
The governor noted that recently his administration hosted a stakeholders’ summit on the effects of the vandalism of oil and gas facilities in the state, where the various arms of the security agencies, the oil and gas operators and the host communities converged to brainstorm on measures to stem the activities of vandals. He noted that the attacks, coming just few days after the summit, was not a good way of reciprocating the good intentions of his government and the enormous resources that were being invested in turning around the fortunes of the state.
He called on community leaders and youth groups to resist any temptation to be drawn into the nefarious activities, saying it would jeopardise the on-going intervention of the federal government, in the lives of the youths, through the amnesty office. “Do not be part of this crime and refuse to listen to any leader or politician who would want to pitch one ethnic nationality against the other as a result of these incidents. The destruction of oil facilities is purely criminal and we reject attempts to label it otherwise,” he said.
— Jan 19, 2016 @ 16:00 GMT