The Delta State Deputy Governor and Leader of the State Governement Advocacy Committee against Pipeline Vandalism, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro has disclosed that the State government would welcome any collaboration that will solve the problem of oil facility vandalism that has adversely affected the economy of the nation and Delta state.
Barr. Otuaro who was flanked by members of Advocacy Committee made the disclosure at Warri while playing host and soliciting the company and support of the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), in the campaign against Pipeline Vandalism in the recent troubled riverine area of Delta State.
The state deputy governor who highlighted the activities of the Advocacy Committee set up by the state governor thus far, expressed government desire in welcoming all relevant stakeholders in the state, local government and the nation at large in collaborating with its advocacy campaign in order to put an end to the issues of incessant bombing and destruction of oil installation in the riverine area.
According to him; “We had audience with HRM, the Olu of Warri and the Agadagba of Egbema kingdom. We also had audience with youth groups and ex-militants to gather intelligence on how to end the menace”, Otuaro explained to the Amnesty boss, adding: “We’ll be going to Gbaramatu Kingdom shortly and will be spending the night working. We will visit Ogulagha and Ugborodo in the days ahead”. He noted.
Responding, The Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), said he had confidence in the Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Oil Facility Vandalism headed by Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro but declined to accompany the Committee to the creeks as expected.
Boroh, who himself identified members of the committee said with such membership, the committee’s mission of of stopping the spate of vandalism was 90% accomplished.
Commenting on the effect of an atmosphere of insecurity on the nation, Gen Boroh said: “I had discussions with investors from Germany, Isreal, Britain amongst others but they said Nigeria especially the Warri and the Niger Delta region was not safe for business. I am happy Governor Okowa has chosen the right men to help meet the mission and change the negative impression people have of the area”.
Boroh, who hailed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his acumen on the constitution of the membership of the committee, was also awaited by the people of Gbaramatu to accompany the Committee to Oporoza. The Amnesty boss, however, left for Abuja as the Committee took to Gbaramatu Kingdom in its ongoing engagement of the oil-bearing communities to fashion out a way to discontinue the bombing of oil facilities in the state.