Niger Delta militants threaten oil firms with hostilities as group begs

Niger Delta militants threaten oil firms with hostilities as group begs

- Niger Delta militants have threatened International Oil Companies (IOCs) that they will resume their hostilities if their demands are not met

- The agitators also vowed to attack oil facilities in the region following the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill

- However, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called on both parties for a deliberation and truce

Following threats from Niger Delta militants to resume violence because of the alleged refusal of multinational oil firms to relocate their headquarters to the region, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has appealed to the agitators not to resort to hostilities, Punch reports.

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Consequently, PENGASSAN urged both stakeholders in the oil and gas sector on the need to meet and discuss issues bordering on the demands of the Niger Delta region.

This call came after the threat by the coalition of Niger Delta agitators, a frontline militant group in the region, that International Oil Companies (IOCs) should stay away from oil platforms and other installations starting from December 2018, if they fail to relocate their headquarters to the Niger Delta.

Moreover, the militants had vowed to begin attacks on oil facilities over the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill.

The group's national president, Francis Johnson, speaking on Thursday, September 6, in the Obio/Akpor local government area of the Delta state, urged the presidency to address the issues raised by the agitators.

Johnson said: “All IOCs operating in this country have an office here (Niger Delta), but relocating their corporate headquarters also depends on the collaboration of the government because definitely, they need land, they need resources and they need some waivers to do that.

“So, everybody must work together, but not by threat. For the agitators, we want to appeal to them that they should not return to the creeks. For now, oil is our only major source of revenue.

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“We also need to appeal to the government that whatever is the demand of the region; whatever they can do to make the place conducive and ensure that the relocation is a reality, they should please do.”

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that a group in the riverine area of Nigeria known as the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) had appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to pay no attention to the activities of some mischievous persons who are bent on rubbishing the good works of the Amnesty Programme.

The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), on Sunday, July 8, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to dismiss all the ill-intended petitions from persons it described as mischief-makers whose goal was only to bring disrepute to the enviable achievements of the Amnesty Programme in Niger Delta.

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Source: Naija.ng

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